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  • Thomas Greene
    May 27, 2014 - 12:20

    CNAQ is still on the hook for millions more because of the end of service gratuity owed to their employees that became law in Qatar in 2005

  • member of the 20%
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Doesn't the province outsource its payroll for some crown corporations such as CNA?? If so, how about we make them responsible to payback for their mistake?? Or, if you received an overpayment of EI, wouldn't you have to repay it?? Lots of unanswered questions here. If this is another blunder on the Williams administration, can we please have all the details so that the blind faith can see that all is NOT perfect in Little Man Dan's troupe!

  • Fret
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    Give them more money for the pain and suffering and extreme stress of knowing they ripped off the taxpayer. Or give every taxpayer the same amount of money and call it even.. ?

  • Brian
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    Nothing about the Qatar situation would surprise me.I have always felt that it was a sneaky organization, and the hiring done there is by who you know.
    I had an interview for a teaching position in St. John's some years ago. I have a BED /BA with a major in English and an ESL Teachers Certificate from York University.In addition, I had about 6 years teaching experience and impeccable references from three past employers.It wasn't just not getting the job that bothered me.It was conversations with teachers who got the jobs: They were very much less qualified persons and many had no experience or training in either English or teaching English as a second language.

    I had never experienced that sort of strange bias and unfairness in any hiring organizations who I have worked for.These would include Canada, Poland, Japan, Korea and the Association for New Canadians in Newfoundland.

    Obviously, the CNA needs a better watch dog for all its policies and hiring and pay procedures.My experience was that it is a College with very dubious and unfair policies.It's rather pathetically irionic that I, of all people, must now pick up as a tax payer, the $5,000,000 mistake of the same institution that has treated me so grossly unfairly in the past

  • jerry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    I am in doha and as far as I know the college is poorly run, and all the higher-ups are greasy snakes, they screwed th local government and they will lose their campus in 2013 when their contract expires

    • Josie
      May 26, 2014 - 06:10

      Funny, the contract expired last year, but the college still runs. Here's to the naysayers. ;)

  • Joe
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Hey, isn't this just another in a long list of thorny issues related to that Qatar campus.... such as, a previous president fired, chair of board of governors dismissed, the ongoing Mcbreairity case, etc etc. Yet there is obviously no mismanagement over there...wink wink nod nod.

  • Non hoard member
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Sure they increased the tobacco tax, thats money in the dealers bank. Im sure that this is a positive for the Williams government. Some How???

  • Taxpayer
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Maybe if the govt hired based on experience and education to do the job instead of hiring based who they are (i.e. relatives and lackies) these errors would not happen. As an underpaid employee of govt, I see it everyday, people get jobs based on who they are not what they know. The management in my workplace are so underqualified, they wouldnt get a job as a volunteer working in a soup kitchen.

    I would bet my bank account that Ms. Madill is not a relative or a lackie of Danny Williams because if she was this issue would have a whole different spin on it.

    Ms. Madhill, we all know you were used as a scapegoat.

  • Joanne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Yes, Lorraine Michaels, Here we go again. FIVE MILLION DOLLARS !!!!!
    How in the name of heavens could no one realize that they were enormously and outrageously overpaid? They were laughing all the way to the bank.
    Now, once again, with the officials,
    ignorance is bliss, memory is short,
    blame is being passed around, and the whole shadey, shabby mess falls back,
    AGAIN, on the ordinary, average taxpayer.
    My God, this makes me so upset and so angry and so furious.
    I can't even afford my diabetes supplies and medications, so have to do without.

  • Where's The Equality
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    So the CEO of the College is forced out for this mistake but no one is thrown out for the Grand falls Abitibi expropriation screwup?

    A $5 million error is more serious than one costing hundreds of millions? I'll bet you government had already promoted the individual who made this error before it all went public.

    Amazing.

  • Dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    If the opposition isn't going to oppose this incompetent government, than the public should!!!

  • Frank M
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Bad week for the financial management of the people's tax dollars.

    $5 million is a drop in the bucket compared to the mistake made with the expropriation of the Mill at Grand Falls.

    Monday was a not a good start to the week for the government:

    2 protests at Confederation Building, (Air Ambulance, Crab Fishery), Then CNA overpayment and resignation of Principal, and ongoing Grand Falls expropriation issue.

    Too bad the Liberal opposition is ineffective.

    Governments have fallen on less than this. But this government has a get out of jail free card while this opposition is around.

  • Mark
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    For those of you demanding it be paid back. My understanding is the salary in the contract the employees signed is too high.

    So they have a signed contract, you can't demand they pay back the money.

  • Ducky
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    I want this paid back. Failure to do so needs to be investigated. Have the RCMP lock down Confederation Building and CONA till we have the facts. This is a CRIME. Where is the Crown Prosecutor on this matter? If they can rip off the taxpayers for five million, what is going to stop them from stealing more down the road?

    Time for charges is NOW.

  • marg
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    make them pay it back. This happened to me some years when I taught in Northern Larador. I was overpaid----
    government mistake but I paid the price from a meagre salary.

  • member of the 20%
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    Doesn't the province outsource its payroll for some crown corporations such as CNA?? If so, how about we make them responsible to payback for their mistake?? Or, if you received an overpayment of EI, wouldn't you have to repay it?? Lots of unanswered questions here. If this is another blunder on the Williams administration, can we please have all the details so that the blind faith can see that all is NOT perfect in Little Man Dan's troupe!

  • Fret
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    Give them more money for the pain and suffering and extreme stress of knowing they ripped off the taxpayer. Or give every taxpayer the same amount of money and call it even.. ?

  • Brian
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Nothing about the Qatar situation would surprise me.I have always felt that it was a sneaky organization, and the hiring done there is by who you know.
    I had an interview for a teaching position in St. John's some years ago. I have a BED /BA with a major in English and an ESL Teachers Certificate from York University.In addition, I had about 6 years teaching experience and impeccable references from three past employers.It wasn't just not getting the job that bothered me.It was conversations with teachers who got the jobs: They were very much less qualified persons and many had no experience or training in either English or teaching English as a second language.

    I had never experienced that sort of strange bias and unfairness in any hiring organizations who I have worked for.These would include Canada, Poland, Japan, Korea and the Association for New Canadians in Newfoundland.

    Obviously, the CNA needs a better watch dog for all its policies and hiring and pay procedures.My experience was that it is a College with very dubious and unfair policies.It's rather pathetically irionic that I, of all people, must now pick up as a tax payer, the $5,000,000 mistake of the same institution that has treated me so grossly unfairly in the past

  • jerry
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    I am in doha and as far as I know the college is poorly run, and all the higher-ups are greasy snakes, they screwed th local government and they will lose their campus in 2013 when their contract expires

  • Joe
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Hey, isn't this just another in a long list of thorny issues related to that Qatar campus.... such as, a previous president fired, chair of board of governors dismissed, the ongoing Mcbreairity case, etc etc. Yet there is obviously no mismanagement over there...wink wink nod nod.

  • Non hoard member
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Sure they increased the tobacco tax, thats money in the dealers bank. Im sure that this is a positive for the Williams government. Some How???

  • Taxpayer
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    Maybe if the govt hired based on experience and education to do the job instead of hiring based who they are (i.e. relatives and lackies) these errors would not happen. As an underpaid employee of govt, I see it everyday, people get jobs based on who they are not what they know. The management in my workplace are so underqualified, they wouldnt get a job as a volunteer working in a soup kitchen.

    I would bet my bank account that Ms. Madill is not a relative or a lackie of Danny Williams because if she was this issue would have a whole different spin on it.

    Ms. Madhill, we all know you were used as a scapegoat.

  • Joanne
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    Yes, Lorraine Michaels, Here we go again. FIVE MILLION DOLLARS !!!!!
    How in the name of heavens could no one realize that they were enormously and outrageously overpaid? They were laughing all the way to the bank.
    Now, once again, with the officials,
    ignorance is bliss, memory is short,
    blame is being passed around, and the whole shadey, shabby mess falls back,
    AGAIN, on the ordinary, average taxpayer.
    My God, this makes me so upset and so angry and so furious.
    I can't even afford my diabetes supplies and medications, so have to do without.

  • Where's The Equality
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    So the CEO of the College is forced out for this mistake but no one is thrown out for the Grand falls Abitibi expropriation screwup?

    A $5 million error is more serious than one costing hundreds of millions? I'll bet you government had already promoted the individual who made this error before it all went public.

    Amazing.

  • Dave
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    If the opposition isn't going to oppose this incompetent government, than the public should!!!

  • Frank M
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    Bad week for the financial management of the people's tax dollars.

    $5 million is a drop in the bucket compared to the mistake made with the expropriation of the Mill at Grand Falls.

    Monday was a not a good start to the week for the government:

    2 protests at Confederation Building, (Air Ambulance, Crab Fishery), Then CNA overpayment and resignation of Principal, and ongoing Grand Falls expropriation issue.

    Too bad the Liberal opposition is ineffective.

    Governments have fallen on less than this. But this government has a get out of jail free card while this opposition is around.

  • Mark
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    For those of you demanding it be paid back. My understanding is the salary in the contract the employees signed is too high.

    So they have a signed contract, you can't demand they pay back the money.

  • Ducky
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    I want this paid back. Failure to do so needs to be investigated. Have the RCMP lock down Confederation Building and CONA till we have the facts. This is a CRIME. Where is the Crown Prosecutor on this matter? If they can rip off the taxpayers for five million, what is going to stop them from stealing more down the road?

    Time for charges is NOW.

  • marg
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    make them pay it back. This happened to me some years when I taught in Northern Larador. I was overpaid----
    government mistake but I paid the price from a meagre salary.