Exceptional merit and contribution

Looky who got a Queen's counsel appointment today! Why it's none other than McCarthy Tetrault LLP partner Andrew Wilkinson. The news release announcing that appointment describes Mr. Wilkinson as having a practice that "focuses on government-related litigation, professional negligence, class actions, corporate commercial disputes and contractual claims. An M.D., he teaches with the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia." But our readers will better know him as a lobbyist - as well as being a former provincial Liberal president and Campbell administration deputy minister.

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Surely not a QC for the same Andrew Wilkinson I wrote about in the Georgia Straight Sept. 20, 2001:

Another 90 day agenda item checked off was to: "Pass Merit Employment legislation, to restore a professional, non-partisan public service, appointed strictly on merit and not on patronage."

Management Services Minister Sandy Santori boasted that "the merit commissioner will monitor the application of merit by conducting random audits of public service appointments made after June 5, 2001."

Unmentioned was that the Liberal Party's former long-term President, Andrew Wilkinson, was appointed Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Relations at $180,000 without any experience for the job on -- guess that date -- June 5.

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