Tories face fresh patronage charges

Lawrence Cannon

by Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press, 1 April 2011

DIEPPE, N.B. — Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon tried to appoint the niece of a former Conservative premier to the embattled board of Rights and Democracy, even as it struggled to restore an image tattered by accusations of patronage and partisanship. [...]

Ex-New Brunswick premier Bernard Lord, who was attending a campaign event with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Friday, acknowledged to The Canadian Press that he recommended his niece, lawyer Katrine Giroux. [...]

Giroux, Lord's niece through marriage, is described on her Moncton law firm's website as having graduated from law school in 2006 and being called to the bar in Nova Scotia in 2007. She was appointed to the CPP and OAS review panel in 2008. [...]

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