Libby Calls Out Conservative Patronage Appointments

House of Commons
February 8, 2011

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP) :
Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives raised hell about patronage every time a Liberal was appointed by Paul Martin or Jean Chr├ętien.

Now in power, gone is all the outrage. Connected Conservatives are appointed left and right, mostly right, to the Senate, the Immigration and Refugee Board, the CRTC, and now the CBC. When the Prime Minister pretended to care, he was very clear: this has to stop, and when we become government it will stop.

Why did he change his mind? Why was Liberal patronage a bad thing, but Conservative patronage a good thing?

Hon. James Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, CPC) :
Mr. Speaker, my honourable colleague raises the issue of Mr. Gingras being appointed to the Board of the CBC. This is a qualified appointment of somebody who is well respected in the province of Quebec. She says that he is a Conservative hack. I wonder what kind of a Conservative hack was a candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada in 2004.