Saturday, February 4, 2006

It's a good day to be a Dingwall

After binding arbitration, the government will be paying David Dingwall, former president of the Royal Canadian Mint, $417,780 and associated pension benefits. From CNews:

Arbitrator George Adams has ruled Dingwall's departure as head of the mint was involuntary and the government has a legal obligation to pay him.

[…] Dingwall resigned last September during a furor over his office's six-figure spending. There'd been reports that his office squandered $748,000 on everything from lavish foreign travel to a $1.29 pack of gum in 2004 and early 2005.
If Dingwall's resignation was involuntary, the circumstances that compelled Dingwall to the point where his actions were outside of his control would be more interesting and informative than his excessive expenses. One hopes that the arbitration report will be made available to the public.