Petition calls for cancellation of all future patronage appointments

The Thunder Bay Chapter of Council of Canadians endorses a petition administered by LeadNow that calls for the cancellation of all future patronage appointments. It can be found here: http://you.leadnow.ca/petitions/cancel-harper-s-future-patronage-appointments

The Liberals vowed in the election to overhaul an appointment process that is now conducted behind closed doors and was sometimes mired in accusations of political patronage for government donors or failed candidates, according to The Toronto Star.

“Appointments will be open, transparent and merit-based and we will ensure gender parity and that more indigenous peoples and minority groups are reflected in positions of leadership,” said Olivier Duchesneau, deputy director of communications to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“This will apply government-wide to everything from the cabinet to the Supreme Court to boards of Crown corporations.”

Those concerns were renewed when the news website iPolitics reported on 49 appointments the previous Conservative government made earlier this year that didn’t take effect for weeks, months and in one case three-plus years after the Oct. 19 election.

Those 49 were among 98 the Conservative cabinet made on June 18 and 19, according to an accounting of the order-in-council appointments from the Ottawa Citizen.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/11/29/liberals-vow-for-gender-parity-in-overhaul-of-appointments-process.html

According to ipolitics.ca: “Former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet quietly stacked government agencies and Crown corporations with dozens of “future appointments,” and early appointment renewals in the dying days of its regime, many of which were only scheduled to go into effect long after the Conservatives were defeated.”

The list of patronage appointments can be found at: 

http://ipolitics.ca/2015/11/23/doomed-harper-government-made-49-future-patronage-appointments/

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