HALIFAX – Opposition leaders are calling defeated Pictou West Liberal candidate Glennie Langille’s appointment to chief protocol officer patronage.
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Langille, a former communications director for the Liberal Party, finished third in her riding in the October election.
Langille said when reached by phone Tuesday afternoon, she would return the call. However, the protocol office called back and said she wouldn’t be doing any interviews.
Premier Stephen McNeil defended the choice and said Langille is very qualified for the position.
The premier’s office said Langille’s appointment takes effect in mid-January.
Langille is on a year-to-year contract that pays around $85,000 a year.
A Nova Scotia MLA’s salary is approximately $89,000 a year, according to the September 2013 Members’ Manual from the House of Assembly.
She will be in charge of an office that co-ordinates official ceremonies and visits from members of the royal family, heads of state and government, and others. It also manages the Order of Nova Scotia as well as provides consulting services to government departments, non-government organizations and the public.
With files from the Canadian Press