Yet people connected to the Liberals keep getting appointed, including the former National Director of the Liberal Party.
A new report by the Hill Times reveals that the Trudeau government spent $1.1 million on ‘executive searches’ in 2017, including $158,200 to find staff for a supposed “foreign investment promotion agency.”
The justification behind that spending is that it stops political cronies and people connected to the currently governing party from being appointed to government posts.
Yet, that hasn’t happened, as noted by Charlie Angus in the report:
‘“It looks like this government is talking about a new way of doing politics, but it’s very much the old Liberal pork-barrel patterns that are becoming apparent,” said Mr. Angus, adding he doesn’t have a problem paying to find the “best and the brightest,” but there have been clear examples where an appointment has been “interfered with for partisan purposes” and made a patronage post.”
In one case, the government spent $73,450 to find just one person – Ian McKay – for a government post. Interestingly, McKay “served as national director of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2010 to 2013,” before his appointment to a government post. Taxpayers will give McKay “between $196,600 and $231,200 annually.”
So, why is the government spending all this money just to appoint people so closely linked to them anyway?
It reveals all the ‘executive search’ funding as just a total waste, and it may even be used as cover by the government to ‘justify’ their questionable decisions.
In fact, it could be even worse, as the Conservatives have said that $1.1 million is just the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of spending on appointments. Conservative MP Peter Kent noted that government documents “don’t mention any costs related to the official languages commissioner, eventually named as Raymond Théberge late last year. “
What else is happening behind the scenes?
This latest report is just the latest example of the contempt for taxpayer dollars, and the entitled attitude of the Trudeau government. They are filling the government with cronies, and using our money to do it.
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