Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Cons use ACOA as old-boys club; New Democrats demand an end of the patronage trough

I posed the following question today (May 22nd) in the House of Commons.

Mr. Speaker,

It's not enough that they're going after unemployed Canadians.

Conservatives are also misusing regional economic development agencies to help their Conservative insider friends.

Officials at ACOA rigged hiring rules — yes, Mr. Speaker, rigged rules — to ensure that a failed Conservative candidate and former political aids got jobs.

The process was so bad that the Public Service Commission revoked two of the appointments.

Mr. Speaker,

When will they stop using ACOA as an old-boys club and return to the mandate of providing jobs and economic opportunities for Atlantic Canadians?

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