NDP claim emails reveal patronage to Glennie Langille

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The NDP say emails they obtained using a Freedom of Information Request show one of Stephen McNeil’s first priorities as Premier was getting his former communications director, Glennie Langille, a job in the protocol office.

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The documents show that Langille, who ran as a candidate for Pictou West and Premier McNeil’s Chief of Staff, Kirby McVicar, discussed “re-jigging” her resume specifically for the protocol office on October 24, just two days after the Liberal government was sworn in.

Said Langille: “Here is my resume. I really don’t think it works for the purpose you requested. I am trying to get it re-jigged.”

Another email, on Nov. 4, involved Langille asking what the salary was for the Deputy Chief Protocol Officer and when the transition from Deputy Chief Protocol Officer to Chief Protocol Officer would occur. The Deputy Chief Protocol Officer is a civil service position and was occupied at the time.

 At the time of the appointment McNeil told media that other names had been brought forward but he felt Langille was the best choice. NDP leader Maureen MacDonald says it’s clear the opposite was true.

“Stephen McNeil didn’t take the time to review any other names, in fact we now know he was determined to give Glennie Langille a job in the protocol office from day 1,” said MacDonald. “Whether or not she was qualified was irrelevant, in fact Glennie Langille herself even suggests her resume wasn’t what they were looking for.”

She added, “If Glennie Langille truly was the most qualified person to be Chief of Protocol for the province of Nova Scotia her resume would have spoken for itself, it wouldn’t have required re-jigging."

Geographic location: Pictou West, Nova Scotia

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  • Alice
    February 10, 2014 - 11:11

    Anybody who has looked for work recently knows that a person has several different resumes geared to the job being applied for as they may be in totally different areas and in order to submit a proper resume a person needs to see the job posting with qualifications listed. Just because she didn't have on geared to that posoiton doersn't mean she isn't qualified for the job. Everybody has transferrable skills.

  • Alice
    February 10, 2014 - 11:10

    Anybody who has looked for work recently knows that a person has several different resumes geared to the job being applied for as they may be in totally different areas and in order to submit a proper resume a person needs to see the job posting with qualifications listed. Just because she didn't have on geared to that posoiton doersn't mean she isn't qualified for the job. Everybody has transferrable skills.

  • Johnny smoke
    February 08, 2014 - 19:45

    Tell me and please tell me truly what is the difference between former premier Rodney MacDonald and current premier Stephen MacNeil. Well one difference is that premier MacDonald appointed Healther Foley Melvin to a cushy government job. While premier Stephen MacNeil appointed Glennie Langille to a cushy government job. I have not forgotten premier Dexter he appointed members of the Alexia Mac Dunnough family to positions on the board of trade. So there you have it folks seeing that none of us ever was or ever will be politically connected we will just have to be content to pay for the likes of these incompetent persons. After all is that not what makes this province great? As well as the laughing stock of others as well?

  • alex
    February 07, 2014 - 20:39

    well, my opinion is that this hiring is wrong. I voted MacNeil, but it was because I thought he would be different. I see that I was wrong. But as to others who criticize but have done the same thing in the past, you have no room to comment. Lets elect politicians, and hire the best people by search for non elected positions.

  • Bev
    February 07, 2014 - 16:51

    Really, who cares? While it is not fair, patronage appointments have long been part of Politics, and always will be. I'm sure there were jobs given during the NDP and PC reigns--no doubt about it. Worry about things that really have an impact on Nova Scotians, like lack of Family Doctors, Educational cutbacks, Power Rates, Gas Prices and ROADS.