Dr. David Swann repeats his call for merit-based appointments to Agencies, Boards, and Commissions

EDMONTON, AB (MAY 19, 2016): Dr. David Swann was pleased to see the NDP government take action to reform Alberta’s Agencies, Boards, and Commissions (ABCs) with the introduction of Bill 19, but feels that the legislation does not go far enough.

“While I commend the government on bringing compensation in line with the rest of the civil service, they are missing a prime opportunity to go one step further in reforming the ABCs and introduce merit-based appointments,” Dr. Swann said.

“For years under the previous government we saw important appointments being handed out as political favours,” Dr. Swann added. “Even this new government has appointed government insiders proving that without an independent body to authorize appointments, Alberta’s most important services are vulnerable to politicization.”

“Albertans deserve and expect their Agencies, Boards, and Commissions to serve them and not the party in power. Only a transparent, non-partisan, merit-based process can secure that for them.”