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Latest Liberal appointment shows patronage promises meaningless

Updated: Dec 3, 2018

NDP Leader Earle McCurdy says the latest patronage appointment announced by the Liberal government is clear evidence that the election promises to remove political preference from government were insincere at best.

“Does appointing a former Liberal leadership candidate and long-time prominent party member to the most senior role in the public service break Dwight Ball’s promise to end patronage? I would say it shatters that promise,” McCurdy said today.

“Look at the resume government provided. Coffey is completely lacking the sort of experience we would expect to see in anyone appointed to this position. So much for taking the politics out of appointments.”

Today’s announcement is the most recent in a string of prominent Liberals receiving prominent government positions; three former candidates were appointed as assistant deputy ministers about a month ago.


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