The federal government plans to expand its equity promise equality to Cabinet the hundreds of people that the government appoints committees, agencies and Crown corporations.
How exactly this will he do? It is not yet clear. The Liberals promised during the election campaign to review the appointment process, which is conducting behind closed doors and has sometimes been splashed with accusations of partisanship or favoritism to government donors or candidates defeated in elections.
The Liberal Party is committed to creating an independent body to recommend appointments to the Senate. A similar model is used in Britain for all government appointments.
This process is currently under evaluation, the party said, adding that the appointments would be “open, transparent and merit-based” and that gender would be ensured. There will also be more Aboriginal people and people from minority groups, said Olivier Duchesneau, deputy director of communications in the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.
The spokesman also stressed that the opacity of the appointment process had fueled cynicism about backstage politics.
This kind of concern was raised again last week, when the site iPolitics reported 49 appointments made by the Conservative government earlier this year, which would not come into force until weeks, months, and in one case More than three years after the elections on 19 October.
These 49 were among the 98 appointments made on 18 and 19 June The federal agency has benefited most of these appointments is a committee, created 10 years ago, whose mandate is to “advise the Minister of Public Works and Government Services with respect to federal property in the event of disagreement with a taxing authority to the actual value, the actual dimension or effective rate or the increase or not a payment under paragraph. ” Eight people were appointed to the Advisory Committee on the Payments in Lieu of Taxes; among them seven took office after the elections.
The importance of these appointments in the committee’s operations remains unclear. The president did not respond to interview requests from The Canadian Press.
According to Penny Collenette, who presided over government appointments in 1993 to a more transparent process will require more human and financial resources the Office of the Prime Minister and the Privy Council Office.
There will also be difficulties related to the protection of confidentiality, for example an employer learns about time that a member of his team is interested in another position.
The government will also define “merit” to avoid accusations of favoritism, added the professor of law at the University of Ottawa.