Saturday, May 31, 2014

Will patronage positions be open to fair and competitive process?

  I posed the following question yesterday (May 28th) during Question Period in the House of Commons.

Mr. Ryan Cleary (St. John's South—Mount Pearl, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, it is good to see that the minister has finally come clean on severance for John Lynn, there will not be any. It will be interesting to see if he actually qualifies for EI.
No severance still does not answer the question of why John Lynn got the job in the first place. How about the Minister of Justice's former chief of staff, Allan Murphy? How about Nancy Baker, who worked for the Minister of Justice before and after her sweet appointment?
Will the Minister of Justice's friends continue to sit in their comfy positions, or will these jobs finally be open to a fair and competitive process?
Mr. Speaker, the hon. members cannot seem to take yes for an answer.
Mr. Lynn's appointment as CEO of Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation was terminated as of yesterday. There is no severance because there was termination with cause. This is as a result of the findings of an independent investigation undertaken by the board of directors of that corporation.
I would ask the hon. member why does he not talk to his own colleagues about accountability in repaying taxpayers' dollars that were misspent in a partisan nature?

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