Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has re-hired Kasra Nejatian, his former senior aide who was forced to quit after the minister was accused of using his public office for partisan purposes, The Globe and Mail reports. Nejatian allegedly used Kenney’s ministerial letterhead in a package outlining the Conservatives’ fundraising strategy for ethnic outreach, which was mistakenly sent to NDP MP Linda Duncan instead of Conservative MP John Duncan. While Nejatian quit following the controversy, it appears to have had little effect on the minds of voters on May 2. Kenney took responsibility for the error, which he said would not have happened had ne not been in representing Canada during a state funeral in Islamabad at the time. “Kasra is very talented and will be a very positive contributor to our government,” said Kenney’s spokeswoman Celyeste Power. “We’re happy to have him back.” It is expected that Nejatrian will become the Kenney’s director of communications.
Monday, May 30, 2011