George Sweeney, MHA for the District of Carbonear - Harbour Grace, says he
is skeptical about the new Financial Services Board that will be established
"We have seen this government pack boards with PC party
supporters over the past two years and we have no reason to assume that this
board will be any different," said Sweeney. "I anticipate we will see this
new board filled with more PC party workers and defeated candidates."
Since coming to power, the PC government has appointed Former Party
Leader Len Simms as president of the Housing Corporation and defeated
candidate Joan Cleary to the Bull Arm Site Corporation, while loyal party
supporters such as Glenn Tobin, Cheryl Stagg and Jim Oxford have been
appointed to the Board of the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation.
In other cases, some of the Premierís personal friends and business
associates have been placed on government boards.
"Another avenue to give patronage to their friends and supporters has
been advertising contracts. This government has awarded untendered
advertising contracts to individuals and companies connected with the PC
campaign in the last election.
"The whole initiative to create this new board is clouded by the level of
political patronage which government has added to date. This is from a group
of people who promised a new approach to governance just 18 short months ago
and would not use political patronage to fill positions."
The Liberal MHA says he will be listening for governments rational for
this board and seek commitments that it will not be just another place for
the government to stack with Tory hacks.