03/27/2013 11:47 EDT | Updated 05/27/2013 05:12 EDT

Island NDP leader calls on premier to remove minister over mismanagement claims

CHARLOTTETOWN - The NDP leader in P.E.I. is calling on Premier Robert Ghiz to remove a deputy minister, saying she mismanaged a provincial skills training program.

Mike Redmond says Melissa MacEachern, the deputy minister of innovation and advanced learning, has not done a good job managing Skills PEI.

He says shortcomings were outlined in the latest report by the provincial auditor general.

In her report, auditor general Jane MacAdam looked at Skills PEI's administration of the $36 million it gets annually from the Labour Market Agreement and the Labour Market Development Agreement.

The report cited a lack of a performance measurement framework, non-compliance of programs with stated policies and the absence of a rationale for selecting organizations to provide employment services.

Redmond says Ghiz should remove MacEachern from the position before multimillion-dollar negotiations on training agreements begin.