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The Sixth Estate: Sixth Estate’s Patronage List V2 Launches with 600+ Names

As promised, the Sixth Estate Patronage List Project is coming back online, with 600 names up so far. Contrary to its name, this list is not intended as “proof” of any sort of sinister corruption on the part of the government. I’ve simply taken the term because it’s the one the media regularly trots out . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Sixth Estate’s Patronage List V2 Launches with 600+ Names

The Sixth Estate: Sixth Estate Patronage List Poised to Return

A couple of years ago now, I decided to start a list that tracked all the various times that people receiving government appointments were noted in the press as being Conservatives. These are usually referred to as “patronage appointments.”

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The Sixth Estate: Harper Regime’s Senate Doublespeak Continues; So Does Sixth Estate Patronage List

The Conservative regime’s continued hypocrisy on the matter of Senate reform continued today when Stephen Harper, an avowed advocate of elections for Senators and a former critic of governments appointing members of their own party to the upper chamber, appointed a new gaggle of party supporters to the upper chamber. Hypocrisy? No! According to the . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Harper Regime’s Senate Doublespeak Continues; So Does Sixth Estate Patronage List

The Sixth Estate: Sixth Estate Patronage List Rises to 1135 Names; Scrutiny Turned On Judicial Advisory Committees

I’ve never found it any more egregious than the government’s other hiring practices, but one of the hot button issues when it comes to Harper government patronage is alleged loading of court benches across the country with Conservative supporters. For instance, you can read these allegations here, to give just one recent example. Stephen Harper, . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Sixth Estate Patronage List Rises to 1135 Names; Scrutiny Turned On Judicial Advisory Committees

The Sixth Estate: Sixth Estate Patronage List Expands to 1111 Conservative Appointments

A new round of additions has been made to the Sixth Estate Patronage List, reflecting appointment orders made in June 2012. The Patronage List tracks Crown appointments given to apparent Conservative Party insiders, former politicians, and donors. So far this year, 42% Crown appointments granted to people outside government have involved the Patronage List.

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The Sixth Estate: Minister Turned Aerospace Lobbyist Chuck Strahl Receives Patronage Appointment; Sixth Estate Patronage List Rises to 1098 Appointments

The Sixth Estate Patronage List has received another regular update to mark former Harper minister Chuck Strahl’s appointment to the Security Intelligence Review Committee, which reviews espionage activities by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, as well as several other recent appointments of Conservative staffers and supporters to various government boards in recent weeks. The Patronage . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Minister Turned Aerospace Lobbyist Chuck Strahl Receives Patronage Appointment; Sixth Estate Patronage List Rises to 1098 Appointments

The Sixth Estate: Sixth Estate Patronage List Update Marks Yet Another Harper Minister-Turned-Ambassador

In Harper’s Canada, losing your seat in a general election is just the first step towards a happy and lucrative career in public service, usually as an ambassador. The most recent beneficiary of this patronage largesse is former foreign affairs minister Lawrence Cannon, who was turfed by the voters last spring, briefly turned up as . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Sixth Estate Patronage List Update Marks Yet Another Harper Minister-Turned-Ambassador

The Sixth Estate: Scrapping the Public Appointments Commission is Not “Good News”

The media is finally sitting down to do the hard work of its actual job, i.e. reading the budget bill for the year. Parliament won’t be doing that job, incidentally; thanks to the new restrictions on how that body works, there will not be a full review of the budget by the relevant Parliamentary committees, . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Scrapping the Public Appointments Commission is Not “Good News”

The Sixth Estate: Sixth Estate Patronage List Updated

The Harper regime’s latest round of Crown appointments have been posted online, and the Sixth Estate Patronage List has been updated accordingly. Around 37% of new appointments outside the existing bureaucracy have gone to Conservative supporters and insiders over the past five years, and the Patronage List is currently trending upwards — from 35% in . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Sixth Estate Patronage List Updated

The Sixth Estate: Budget 2012 vs Sixth Estate Patronage List

After wasting millions of dollars languishing in the government equivalement of development hell, under Budget 2012 the Public Appointments Secretariat is finally being abolished. This was an office which the Harper regime set up in its early and idealistic days, when it thought it might really want to follow through with making government more accountable . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Budget 2012 vs Sixth Estate Patronage List

The Sixth Estate: Patronage List Updated as Harper Hires Chinese Government Financial Advisor to Conduct Canadian Economic Review

David Emerson has been many things. A forestry executive. A Liberal MP. A Conservative minister. An advisor to the Chinese government on foreign investments. And now, despite still being listed as an advisor to the Chinese, he will also soon be earning a whopping $1500 per day as our government’s chief advisor on Aerospace and . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Patronage List Updated as Harper Hires Chinese Government Financial Advisor to Conduct Canadian Economic Review

The Sixth Estate: Sixth Estate Patronage List Expands to 841 Names

There has been quite a lull recently in govermnent appointments, presumably because there have been no more to give out, so I’ve devoted the time I would normally use adding new names to the Sixth Estate Patronage List to going back over the lists from 2006. The Patronage List is an index of people with . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Sixth Estate Patronage List Expands to 841 Names

The Sixth Estate: Best Line on a Resume: Member of Jim Flaherty’s Riding Association

The Globe & Mail reports that the Oshawa Port Authority is going to be set up by the boss of finance minister Jim Flaherty’s Oshawa-Whitby riding association, Gary Valcour. This isn’t really news, since the authority is a reorganization of the Oshawa Harbour Commission, and Valcour is already in charge of that organization, too. With . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Best Line on a Resume: Member of Jim Flaherty’s Riding Association

The Sixth Estate: 24 Losing Candidates in 2011 Receive Government Jobs Anyways: Sixth Estate Patronage List Updated

Another update has been made to the Sixth Estate Patronage List, which tracks Crown appointments (theoretically impartial and non-partisan) given to Conservative Party insiders, retired politicians, and donors. While in opposition, Stephen Harper complained that patronage appointments were immoral and illegitimate in a modern democracy. Once in power, he has executed a stunning volte-face. The . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: 24 Losing Candidates in 2011 Receive Government Jobs Anyways: Sixth Estate Patronage List Updated

The Sixth Estate: More Jobs for the Boys: Sixth Estate Patronage List Updated

The Harper regime’s announcement that more friends and insiders are on their way to plush jobs in the upper chamber makes this weekend a prime time to announce an update to the Sixth Estate Patronage List, which tracks government appointments to Conservative Party insiders and supporters and which was recently featured on Yahoo News.

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The Sixth Estate: Harper Regime Doles Out Jobs to Former Candidates, Minister: Sixth Estate Patronage List Expanded to 785 Names

I’ve completed some more updates to my ongoing Patronage List, which now stands at 788 names. The Patronage List is a list of apparent Conservative insiders and donors appointed to Government of Canada positions by the Harper regime since coming to power in 2011. Since the election, the numbers continue to edge ever-higher: a total . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Harper Regime Doles Out Jobs to Former Candidates, Minister: Sixth Estate Patronage List Expanded to 785 Names

The Sixth Estate: Harper Sending Ex-Minister to Europe? Sixth Estate Patronage List Updated

After the May 2011 election, I began keeping the Patronage List: a list of Harper government political appointees who appear to be Conservative Party ex-politicos, donors, and insiders. I’ve made some new additions to the list, which now stands at 767 appointments. After a brief surge in rewards for party members following the May election, . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Harper Sending Ex-Minister to Europe? Sixth Estate Patronage List Updated

The Sixth Estate: Did Conservative Appointee Break Election Donation Limit? Patronage List Updatedd

One of the longstanding projects at this blog is the Patronage List, which lists all of the new government appointments made by Cabinet ministers apparently given to Conservative Party donors, insiders, and former politicians. Currently the Patronage List stands at 762 names, and about one-third of new jobs handed out since the 2011 election went […] . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Did Conservative Appointee Break Election Donation Limit? Patronage List Updatedd

The Sixth Estate: Patronage List Update: Nearly Half of New Government Appointments Going to Conservatives

Prior to the last election, Sixth Estate began tracking government appointments to Conservative Party insiders and donors on the Patronage List, which now stands at 750 names. The Patronage List is not necessarily an indication of corruption or incompetence or malpractice per se. Instead, it is an indication that a disproportionate number of federal appointments […] . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Patronage List Update: Nearly Half of New Government Appointments Going to Conservatives