Thursday, January 04, 2007

11 Harper appointees donated $7200 to Conservative Party

While you were busy during the holidays, with visions of sugar plums dancing in your heads, you may have missed the appointment bonanza the Conservative government tried to sneak under the radar, which was how they wanted it.

Some of the details have already been discussed in the blogsphere and in the press, such as the stacking of the Assisted Human Reproduction Panel with no fertility experts but lots of so-cons and the judgeship for Harper’s Alberta co-chair.
The media has also touched on the Conservative credentials of many of the appointees. Some of the highlights:

*Former Mulroney cabinet minister Barbara McDougall named to the Agreement on Internal Trade panel
*Former Reform MP Ian McCelland named to the bo
ard of Edmonton Northlands
*Former Conservative candidate for Ottawa-Vanier Gilles Guenette named to the I
mmigration and Refugee Board
*Former Nova Scotia Conservative Premier John Hamm will chair the Assisted Human Reproduction Panel

*New Brunswick Conservative bagman Stephen Ca
mpbell named a director of the Saint John Port Authority
*The former chair of the nomination committee for the Whitby-Oshawa Conservative Association (Jim Flaherty was their only nominee) named head of the employme
nt insurance board of referees for the Toronto district
*Prominent Vancouver Conservative lawyer Sharon
White named a director of Farm Canada
*Prominent Sarnia Conservative James C
arpeneto named to the board of employment insurance refugees for the Sarnia district

What you haven’t read in the media though is that 11 of the Conservative appointees donated to the Conservative Party of Canada during the 2004 and 2006 elections, pumping some $7200 into Conservative coffers. Here's what running the list of Conservative appointees against the Elections Canada contributions database for the last two election campaigns revealed:

*I mentioned Sharon White of Vancouver, appoint
ed to a three-year term as a director of the Board of Directors of Farm Credit Canada:

*I also mentioned Gilles Guenette of Ottawa, appointed to a three-year term to the Immigration and Refugee Board:

*There’s also Judith Crockford of Dundas, named to the Immigration Review Tribunal for the region of Hamilton for a term of three years:

*I mentioned Sarnia’s James Carpeneto, named as chairperson of the EI Boards of Referees for the Ontario Regional Division, and particularly for the District of Sarnia, for a term of three years:

*There’s Robert Emigh of Saskatoon, named part-time member of the Transportation Appeal Tribunal:

*I mentioned Stephen Campbell of Rothesay, New Brunswick, named a director of the Saint John Port Authority, to hold office for a term of three years:

*And we all remember Barbara McDougall of Toronto, named to the roster of panellists required by Article 1705 of the Agreement on Internal Trade for a term of five years:

*The media seemed to miss former Mike Harris cabinet minister Bill Saunderson of Toronto on the list. Bill was named a director of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board for a term of three years (the S. Saunderson is at the same address as the others, possible data entry error, so I included it in the graphic but not the $ total):

*Let’s not forget Dallas Miller, appointed a Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta and a member ex officio of the Court of Appeal of Alberta:

*Also in the judges category is Nicoll Scarvelli of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, to be a Judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia and a Judge ex officio of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal:

*One more judge is Alex Pazaratz of Hamilton, Ontario, appointed a Judge of the Family Court branch of the Superior Court of Justice in and for the Province of Ontario, and a Judge ex officio of the Court of Appeal for Ontario:

That's an average of $665/appointee. Not a bad return on investment.

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Anonymous said...

So, what you're saying, basically, is that Tory supporters donated money to their party.

Oh my. Scandalous indeed.

Here's a hint: trying to look like a "big-dog" blogger only works when you uncover something interesting. Try finding an actual scandal next time. I know it's tough, now that the Liberals are out of power, but I'm sure they're still cooking something up. Take a look their way, you're bound to find one.

A BCer in Toronto said...

I'm disappointed to learn I'm not impressing the Conservative trolls. I shall try to work harder in the future.

David M. McClory said...

Compared to the much larger figures associated with previous government's corruption, this really does say something about the "umph" of this scandal.

You would do everyone, and our system, better if you raised your sights somewhat.

Anonymous said...

You do have to admit that this nothing compared to what we did in the previous few parliaments. Bigger and more relevant dirty stuff than this should be coming soon from the Tories - you can apply your sleuthing skills to Adult Swim instead of the wading pool.

A BCer in Toronto said...

I think we can see now the Conservative tagline for the next election:

"Steve Harper's Conservatives: We're like half as bad as the Liberals...maybe 2/3s."

Good luck with that one guys.

And anon, I don't recall saying this was watergate. Paints a picture though.

Scotian said...

Big corruption is often built upon the foundations of little corruptions so this is something worthy of noting. Good job Jeff.

Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with corruption. These are patronage appointments to patronage positions.

Cherniak_WTF said...

Wait, the Cons do Patronage?
Is that not of the unholy alliances that they rallied against?
Colour me Concerned - what other lack of integrity to they show?