August 29, 2013
Reality Check: Stephen Harper’s patronage appointments; the failed candidate edition
It should come as no surprise that Stephen Harper and the Conservatives reward their donors, failed candidates and insider friends with appointments to high places.
Ever since forming government in 2006, the Harper Conservatives have been stacking the Social Security Tribunal, various Port Authorities, VIA Rail, Parole Boards, Employment Insurance Board of Referees and, of course, the Senate.
And of the 59 Senators Harper has appointed, ten of them were defeated Conservative candidates
Instead of keeping his promise to never appoint unelected senators and clean up patronage, Stephen Harper has ensured his friends get lucrative jobs while the Senate is filled with partisans who put the Conservative Party ahead of the interests of Canadians.
Canadians deserve better – and know they can only trust the NDP to fix the mess left by Conservative and Liberal Senators.