The ‘merit-based recruitment and selection process’ used to hire new ASC boss should be more transparent and used for all appointments says Alberta Liberal Leader Swann

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann is pleased the NDP government has used a ‘merit-based recruitment and selection process’ to hire the new Alberta Securities Commission Chair but is curious as to what, exactly, this process entailed. The NDP government has placed prominent insiders into a variety of posts culminating in this month’s controversial appointment of labour negotiator Kevin Davediuk.

“After some very questionable appointments by this government, I’m pleased to hear they’ve used a less partisan process for this important position,” Swann said. “That said, I’m curious as to what the process actually was.”

The Alberta Securities Commission website states the Governance Committee of the Commission oversaw the process and the final decision rested with the Minister of Finance but no further details are given.

“For the public to have any confidence these positions are going to the best candidates, the government has to open up about how the selection process is run,” stated Swann. “Further, the process has to be used for all senior appointments, not just when the government feels like it.”

Appointments to ABCs should follow an independent process says Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann is calling on the NDP government to go one step further in their review of Agencies, Boards and Commissions and make the appointment process independent of government.

“For years under the PCs these important positions were given out as political favours and the NDP appear to be going down the same path,” says Swann. “We’ve already seen several appointments from this government go to NDP insiders.”

From Health Services to Gaming and Liquor to Human rights, Alberta’s Agencies, Boards and Commissions allocate almost all of the funds in the provincial budget. Swann is recommending ABC appointments are done either by an arm’s-length independent committee or through a non-partisan, transparent process.

“The ABCs provide oversight and direction for many of Alberta’s most important services, we need to ensure the best qualified people are chosen,” Swann continued. “The temptation for any government to appoint their own supporters to these positions is overwhelming and can only be curbed by using an independent selection process.”