Stephen Harper renewed an “unprecedented” number of political appointments before his departure that seemed designed to keep it business as usual regardless of who won the federal election.
The former PM granted 49 contract extensions, an iPolitics review found — some of them long before they were due to expire, some of them at government agencies and Crown corporations that were mired in controversy during his tenure.
For instance, National Energy Board (NEB) vice-chair Lyne Mercier’s contract was scheduled to be up in December, but Harper renewed the appointment back in June for seven years, which keeps Mercier in place until 2022.
Three other members of the board had their contracts renewed much earlier this year though they weren’t set to expire until around this time.
The NEB’s role as regulator of the oil, gas and electricity industries has put it at the centre of heated partisan debate over oilsands pipeline projects such as Keystone XL, Northern Gateway, Trans Mountain andRead More »from Harper’s contract extensions of political appointments criticized