Earlier, Times Colonist columnist Les Leyne reported rumours failed provincial Liberal candidate Virginia Greene would be appointed deputy minister responsible for tourism, sports and the arts. And, via Broadcast News legislative correspondent Scott Sutherland, we hear the premier's office has now confirmed those rumours, quietly releasing an information bulletin earlier today announcing that appointment. Of course, this announcement is not much of a surprise to the Rockpile's liberally-wagging tongues. After all, Ms. Greene - a former senior bureaucrat - became buddies with her future minister Olga Ilich during the election campaign. And, along with now Finance Minister Carole Taylor, they became known as the three sisters. So now that Ms. Greene has gotten her patronage position with the provincial government, the question becomes who's next?
Former Victoria-Beacon Hill MLA Jeff Bray already got his taxpayer lollipop last month when he was named the Liberal's caucus executive director. And many think ex-House Leader Graham Bruce could be in-line for a government contract. But those thinkers aren't looking at the Members' Conflict of Interest Act, which clearly states government must not "award or approve a contract with, or grant a benefit to, a former member of the Executive Council or former parliamentary secretary, until 24 months have expired after the date when the former member of the Executive Council or former parliamentary secretary ceased to hold office." So let's wait two years and see what happens shall we?