“When a government starts trying to cancel dissent or avoid dissent is frankly when it’s rapidly losing its moral authority to govern.” — Stephen Harper
“We don’t think as a party that patronage has any place in the Parliament of Canada.” — Stephen Harper
“Despite the fine work of many individual senators, the upper house remains a dumping ground for the favoured cronies of the Prime Minister [Chretien].” — Stephen Harper
“I don’t plan to appoint senators.” — Stephen Harper
The list of patronage appointments (Orders in Council) since the Tories took over the gov’t in ’06 is penned overwhelmingly in blue ink. While a small majority of appointees had no party affiliation, of those that did over 93% were affiliated with the CPC. The Liberals cashed out a distant second with 6% while the other 1% went to candidates associated with the NDP (4 appointments) and the Greens and the Bloc with 1 each.
Included in these totals are 35 senate appointees, enough to give Harper a comfortable majority in the upper house.
This just be politics as usual if the appointments were for political functionaries caught up in the partisan melee that passes for democracy. Many of these appointments, however, are for positions which directly affect individual citizens and demand a high degree of impartiality — EI referees, immigration board, Federal judges, the Human Rights Tribunal, the National Research council, etc. — in short, to positions of authority and trust in our so-called non-partisan public service. If these were hires, rather than appointees, for the same departments and agencies, this blatantly preferential selection process would be prohibited and possibly illegal.
- Orders in Council by party affiliation.
For a complete list check out “The Sixth Sense”.