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CKA Uber
CKA Uber
Posts: 22594
PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:00 pm

Better yet:

OTTAWA - Two former Liberal ministerial aides who landed ''phantom'' jobs that gave them free rides into the public service had their appointments revoked by Canada's staffing watchdogs.

The aides weren't named, but one worked for then-public works minister Scott Brison and the other for former health minister Ujjal Dosanjh.

According to a report by the Public Service Commission, they were given the positions without waiting on the priority list for an opening. They had lost their jobs as aides after last January's federal election.

Maria Barrados, president of the Public Service Commission, said the discovery of the two cases raises worrisome questions about political interference in the staffing of Canada's public service.

''My worry here is protecting a non-partisan public service,'' she said in an interview after releasing her annual report into the staffing of the public service.

''We have the appearance here of political influence in creating positions

Barrados said an investigation showed both aides were public servants who, years earlier, had taken a leave without pay to work in ministers' offices. Their public service jobs were eventually filled by others, but, with an election looming, they arranged for their departments to create new positions for them under a special program used by deputy ministers to fill jobs for special assignments or projects.

But, Barrados said the jobs were ''phantom positions'' that only existed on paper and there was never any intention of sending them on special assignments. She said the move gave them a direct landing into the public service without having to go on the priority list to wait without pay for a job they qualified for.

Barrados said the two were allowed to go on the priority list after the appointments to the ''phantom jobs'' were revoked. Only one chose that route and returned to the public service.

Barrados is calling for a new policy or legislation that will ensure these movements between the public service and ministers offices are monitored and the duration of appointments are restricted.

The commission also conducted an audit into the growing number of public servants who are appointed into ''acting'' executive jobs. The audit confirmed a long-standing complaint that landing an acting position can be a ticket to a promotion.

The study found that 38 per cent of those appointed to temporarily fill in more senior positions ended with a promotion shortly after.

Ottawa Citizen

Now that the candidate elections are comming to an end is the perfect time to rat-out some folks who were given jobs simply because they are Liberals. Jobs like: Immigration judges, Quebec media firms, Quebec bridge inspectors, etc...

Forum Super Elite
Forum Super Elite
Posts: 2282
PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:03 pm

They were in Power to long, it breeds corruption and broadens the "Old Boys Network". I can live with Liberal rule, I guess, but I loathe the Extreme Left their nut bars.

CKA Uber
CKA Uber
Posts: 22594
PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:30 am

A senior official confirmed yesterday that the Treasury Board and the Public Service Human Resources Management Agency are examining the issue following recent revelations that two former Liberal aides landed "phantom" jobs that gave them free rides into the public service after they lost their political jobs in the January election.

The Public Service Commission, the watchdog of an impartial, non-partisan public service, uncovered a scheme that created false jobs for two political staffers and immediately revoked the appointments.


Some say the cases have raised questions about how many other political staffers slipped into the public service over the years under the guise of special programs that were created for different reasons.

The commission found about 100 public servants joined ministers' offices and went back into the public service -- with no break in service -- over 11 years of the previous Liberal government.

The two cases at the centre of the commission's recent probe were bureaucrats who had taken leave without pay to work in ministers' offices as "exempt staff" -- which means they are exempt from the rules governing all bureaucrats under the Public Service Employment Act.

Their jobs had long ago been filled or disappeared and, with the election looming, they arranged for their departments -- Public Works and Health Canada -- to create new positions for them under a special program known within bureaucratic circles as SAPP, or Special Assignment Pay Plan.

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