The Reign of the Liberal Insiders is Back
January 15, 2016
**Liberal Partisan Appointments Raise Serious Concerns About Cronyism** Conservative Deputy Foreign Affairs Critic Peter Kent provided the following comments today regarding Justin Trudeau’s appointments of two senior key Liberal partisans as Ambassadors to the United States and to the United Nations. “The appointment of a Liberal lobbyist as Canada’s Ambassador to the United States is a troubling development that demonstrates the old Chretien/Martin rule of ‘who do you know in the PMO’ seems to be back.” “David McNaughton was Trudeau Chief of Staff Katie Telford’s boss in Dalton McGuinty’s office and at a major lobbying firm in Toronto. He was also a key player in the Liberal election campaign. Reward? Ambassador to Washington. That shouldn’t be the criteria for such a senior appointment.” “The two most recent diplomatic appointees to the United States under the Conservatives were a former NDP Premier and a former Finance Minister. I can only imagine what the Liberal Party’s response would be if a Conservative partisan with no legislative experience was appointed to that position.” “As for the United Nations, in the last ten years Conservatives always trusted senior public servants and previous Ambassadors with this position to negotiate the diplomatic work that is necessary. Appointing a partisan Liberal who served on Justin Trudeau’s political transition team to that role doesn’t signal ‘Canada is Back’, it signals complete mistrust in the public service.” “Marc-Andre Blanchard’s position as part of Justin Trudeau’s inner circle was to vet potential Ministers for appointment to Cabinet. How does that qualify one for the UN Ambassador’s post?” “Justin Trudeau should be up front with Canadians and say if having Liberal ties is the only way to be an ambassador. That kind of culture and doing business is the same culture that gave rise to the Sponsorship Scandal. It also raises questions about future Trudeau diplomatic appointments – will it be a case of ‘non-Liberals need not apply'”?