Former Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne’s chief-of-staff, Andrew Bevan, received nearly $400,000 in severance pay according to the province’s 2018’s “sunshine list”, or annual public sector salary disclosure.

In a telephone message, Wynne explained that the $552,667.48 in monies paid to Bevan last year and made public this week was an amalgam of salary and the ubiquitous golden handshake available to all staffers and MPPs who lose their jobs following an election defeat.