Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Last week in Tory patronage

Catching up here! It's hard to keep up with these porkers after all! Let's see..."Natural Resources Ministers Announce Appointments to the Canada–Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board."

You know, I would like to think that appointments to such a board would bring competent, independent judgment with some experience in the field given the important subjects of oversight: "...the board’s key priorities of worker safety and environmental protection while providing robust regulatory oversight for the development of offshore oil and gas. " So who did we get?

Scott Tessier was "the Chief of Staff for the Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency." A ministerial staffer. And other things too, but that's big.

Edward Williams who is the brother of Danny Williams. "Williams has been heavily involved in the PC party, and travelled on Premier Kathy Dunderdale’s campaign bus during the 2011 general election."

Now are these the types of appointments governments should be making in this era? Persons appointed to that kind of board should be able to exercise independent judgment and not be beholden to political interests. Not feelin' it!