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Tuesday, January 30, 2007 

Prime Minister Harper Continues Tory Patronage Tradition

The Conservative government is being accused of political cronyism after one of Stephen Harper's oldest and closest friends was named chief of staff to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Diane Finley.

John Weissenberger, a Calgary geologist who has assisted in several of Harper's election and leadership campaigns, was quietly appointed to the position recently.

After all of the rhetoric we have had from Harper on ethics in government, his actions simply do not match his words.

-Hill Times
-canada.com


Photo courtesy Calgary Herald.

Honest and accountable government - Tory style.

This just has Mulroney's fingerprints all over it, doesn't it?

I'm not a Conservative, but Chief of Staff to a minister does sound like a position you have to fill with somebody on your political team. It's not like a parole board appointment or something like that.

I have to agree with Ted. I'm up for any chance to get a shot at Stevie, but CoS and other similar jobs are political positions so it's only natural they're filled by loyalists. It's the same in all governments.

Ted, that sounds entirely too reasonable.

BD: Didn't you get the memo? We're supposed to attack the Liberals until after the budget. :)

Cheers,
lance

I think that would best be called a 'political patronage' appointment.

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