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.