Harper’s “Flood of Patronage”

Not that I subscribe to the “liberal media bias” trope that Conservatives are always moaning on about, but it has to be admitted that this story from The Canadian Press about the Harper government’s latest round of appointments to various boards, quasi-judicial tribunals and quangos seems rather skewed:

Weeks before Stephen Harper named some of his closest Tory friends to the Senate, his cabinet quietly approved a flood of appointments to federal boards that also rewarded party faithful.

At least 20 of the 111 appointments made Aug. 4 went to identifiable federal and provincial Conservative donors and supporters.

Since when is 18% (or put another way, one in five), a “flood”?

That said, if Harper cared anything for the accountability and transparency he earnestly promised when first elected, he should restore the Public Appointments Commission that was abruptly disbanded in 2006 when, quite ironically, he couldn’t get his hand-picked appointee, former EnCana Corp. CEO Gwyn Morgan, approved to chair the review board.

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10 responses to “Harper’s “Flood of Patronage”

  1. Ti-Guy

    he should restore the Public Appointments Commission that was abruptly disbanded in 2006…

    Is that the one that’s still costing a million a year anyway?

  2. Good post R/T.. though, personally, I’ve given upon the “liberal media” complaint. I think it comes across as defeatist and whiney. I prefer to see the media as being , generally, infected with ignorance and sloth.. it’s easier to replace good insight and earnest investigation with sensationalism and manufacture of controvery to sell advertising.

    However – this is why I enjoy hanging around here. It is most often what I guess I would call a “thinking” political blog.

    What’s the take on the appointment of Gary Doer as Canada/U.S. Ambassador?

    Good appointment? Machiavellian political move? Both?

  3. Ti-Guy

    I prefer to see the media as being , generally, infected with ignorance and sloth..

    Yes! And that, consequently, makes it “Conservative” or right wing.

    it’s easier to replace good insight and earnest investigation with sensationalism and manufacture of controvery to sell advertising.

    A good summary of the Blogging Tories.

  4. Northern PoV

    “he couldn’t get his hand-picked appointee, approved to chair the review board. ”

    hey, the “Canada’s New Government” thing is worn out …. how about
    “governing by petulance since 2006”

  5. Rob — I think it’s a great appointment. Harper should think outside the box like that more often.

  6. Imagine a country where decisions were made based upon what was best for the country..

  7. .and devoid of the influence of political expediency 🙂

  8. Hmmm. Dream on. I don’t think politics works that way. Or rarely does.

  9. I’m more curious about how many patronage appointments have been made in his tenure so far.

    I bet it’s huge.

  10. I believe it’s 3,000 or so.

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