08/27/2015 13:42 EDT | Updated 08/27/2016 01:12 EDT

Review confirms allegations about mismanagement of Alberta public funds

EDMONTON — A review of whistleblower allegations has found wrongdoing by three senior government managers in the awarding of contracts.

The public interest commissioner received several allegations late last year that staff in two departments ensured eight preferred individuals were top candidates for contracts.

Commissioner Peter Hourihan says none of the employees acted out of personal gain.

He says they were attempting to simplify hiring and ensure their preferred candidates were successful.

Two managers from the Department of Innovation and Advanced Education and one with Alberta Innovates were identified.

The report recommends that the government take "appropriate disciplinary action."

Municipal Affairs Minister Deron Bilous is expected to react to the report this afternoon.



The Canadian Press