26 April 2013

The 2013 Q1 Churn Appointments #nlpoli

One of the great things about having orders in council readily available is that people can find information.

That’s exactly why the current administration has kept them as secret as possible since 2003 and continue to censor them, even though orders in council are entirely public documents.

But at least in the wake of the Bill 29 Freedom From Information measures,  the Conservatives seem to have been shamed into opening the vault on their secrets a bit even if they still censor public documents.

One of the things we can now readily see, though,  is the number of appointments made by cabinet in the first quarter of 2013 to deputy minister and assistant deputy minister jobs.

Last year was apparently a record for recent times, as noted here in January.

From January 1 to March 31, 2013, cabinet made 15 appoints of deputy ministers, assistant deputy ministers and acting assistant deputy ministers.

At that rate, they’d make 60 such appointments by the end of the year. 

The 2012 record was 49.

Of the 15 Q1 appointments, four were “acting” positions.  By definition those will have to be subject of future appointments either to confirm the incumbent or to appoint new people to the job.