OTTAWA — The Conservative government appointed a raft of Tories to federal boards, agencies and as citizenship judges yesterday.
At least seven of the 11 appointments yesterday to the National Film Board, Via Rail, the CDIC, two shipping agencies, and citizenship judgeships, went to people with Tory links. They include a former MP, a former Manitoba MLA who now works for a Conservative MP, a former Canadian Alliance candidate, and advisers to federal and provincial Tory ministers.
Two questions: who the hell does the Globe think they should have hired, Liberals? And who are those four non-Conservative appointments?
You can rest assured: the Liberals would never have appointed even a single non-politically-aligned person to a patronage appointment. If you want news, that’s it.
The implication of the Globe is clear: the Conservatives are abusing their power by appointing Conservatives to patronage positions. A more absurd storyline, I’ve never heard – and yet, to a certain segment of the population, the narrative makes perfect sense. To the Globe and Mail, the Conservatives are only in government because the Liberals are on a time-out; that they have the temerity to actually govern, is beyond the pale.
So how do these numbers look to you, Globe?
2001 Monday-Friday Paid Circulation: 368,857
2007 Monday-Friday Paid Circulation: 329,099