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Postmedia checks on the welfare of defeated Conservative candidates.

A Postmedia News analysis reveals that 35 of the 141 candidates who lost at the polls received jobs in places such as the Prime Minister’s Office, Health Canada, ministers’ offices or on boards and agencies such as the Quebec Port Authority. In fact, Quebec candidates made up three-quarters of those who received federal jobs … “Partisan affiliation should not qualify someone for consideration, nor should it exclude someone from consideration,” Carl Vallée said in an email. “It shouldn’t be a surprise that people with the determination and guts to run to be an elected member of Parliament would want to serve the public in some capacity.”

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney tweeted last night that it was problematic to include political staff—those who work as aides to ministers and MPs—in this tally.

Ridiculous to mix political staff jobs w/ govt appointments. Of course political staff are political activists.This is news?

If you remove those 14 individuals, that leaves four senators, two diplomatic postings and 14 positions with government agencies or boards.


 

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  1. I think for comparison it would be worth noting how many defeated NDP or Liberal candidates got appointed to government agencies or the senate in the same time frame.

    • You’re asking for equality? Affirmative Action Programs? That is so seriously communism, dude…

      • I think he is just asking for context. If no Liberals or NDP received similar treatment, then the argument that the CPC is taking care of its own holds water. If there seems to be a fair number of defeated candidates from other parties also landing positions, then this is much ado about nothing. The story as presented in the snippet above is silent as to appointments from other parties, so the proper context and sense of balanced reporting is missing.

        • I’m just pretending to spout talking points… Seems there’s been no shills here recently. Can’t let them down.

          • LOL!

  2. Indeed, the previous comment is dead on. If it is true that “It shouldn’t be a surprise that people with the determination and
    guts to run to be an elected member of Parliament would want to serve
    the public in some capacity.”, then we should be just as likely to find defeated Libs and NDPs in similar jobs. Any journalists care to look into this? Otherwise, it is a non-story.

    • It’s not so much that it should be a non-story, it’s that there has, at points been, and always should be concern for patronage appointments. Of course, patronage has always been with us, and always will be to come capacity, but it’s best to keep a critical eye on it where possible to avoid some of the worst abuses.

      I’m not much of a fan of “but they did it too” as a way to escape criticism. I am a fan of “but they did it too” as a catalyst for reform that gives us new systems or methods to prevent the Canadian public from having to experience any abuses or problems caused by party faithful being given all appointments without regard to their level of skill in that position.

    • Surely they did it too doesn’t even apply when the other side specifically said they would be better?

    • Go read Kelly McParland in NP; he addresses this exactly as you suggest. And he finds that no, defeated NDP and Liberals did NOT get these jobs; moreover he asks why so many Conservative candidates NEEDED jobs in the first place. As in, didn’t they have decent professional jobs to return to after the election? Spoiler alert: no they did not.

  3. I don’t know if the dickish Disqus will permit links these days, but this guy has been
    keeping an intermittently updated tracking of such things … he applies appropriate
    caveats I think …

    http://sixthestate.net/?page_id=1381

  4. Jason Kenny says: “Ridiculous to mix political staff jobs w/ govt appointments. Of course political staff are political activists.This is news?”

    Well, it could be news if these positions were created just to give jobs to the boys and girls. It could also be news a year or three down the road if they jump into the public service, where they will not be offered junior positons.

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