Sunday, December 24, 2006

CPC celebrates Christmas with Sugar Plum Appointments!

Stephen Harpers seems to have snuck some patronage appointments through while everyones home for the holidays.

Though it is in the the spirit of Christmas, and supports Stephens mantra of do as I say and not what I do, it would violate the Accountability Act which comes into effect on January 1, 2007. Though not bound to it yet, it would have been nice to respect the fact we needed one for these very reasons.

Shameful but not surprising. They never had any intent of accountability. These rules are only meant for other parties, just like gomery's report and Stephens distaste for the most meaningful aspects of it.

Here are some of the appointments:

1) Former Tory cabinet minister and MP and a key member of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's riding association

2) Barbara McDougall, as an internal trade panellist for five years

3) Former Edmonton Conservative MP Ian McClelland, named a director of Edmonton Northlands for three years.

4) Senior Ottawa lawyer Gilles Guenette, a Progressive Conservative candidate in the Ottawa-Vanier riding in the 1988 election, became a full-time member of the immigration and refugee board with a three-year term.

5) Former Nova Scotia Conservative premier John Hamm as chair of the newly formed Assisted Human Reproduction Agency of Canada

6) Conservative fundraiser in New Brunswick, Stephen Campbell, was named a director of the Saint John Port Authority

7) Sharon Piper, chair of the past election nomination committee for Flaherty's Whitby-Oshawa Conservative Association, was named head of the employment insurance board of referees for the Toronto district.

8) Sharon White, a prominent Vancouver Conservative and one-time Social Credit election candidate provincially, was named a director of Farm Credit Canada for three years.

9) James Carpeneto, a prominent lawyer and Conservative supporter in Sarnia, Ont., was named to the board of employment insurance refugees for the Sarnia district.

10) military historian Jack Granatstein as a trustee on the board of the Canadian Museum of Civilization for three years

There were over 40 appointements made.

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