Last week, we reported the premier's deputy chief of staff for policy coordination and issues management had joined the bureaucracy, taking a job as the government's executive lead of Internet strategy. But what qualifies him for that position? That's what New Democrat citizens' services critic Doug Routley wanted to know yesterday during estimate debate. The response from the minister responsible, Ben Stewart: "First of all, Jay Schlosar has been in government as a member that was an order-in-council appointment and made a decision to apply for a position that was competed on by many other individuals - over a dozen. It was through a merit process that he was awarded that position."
"The issue that we face, as you can imagine, in business today is that technology is rapidly changing, and as such our Internet strategy continues to need to evolve and needed executive leadership," he continued. "From my experience, knowing Mr. Schlosar, he'll provide excellent leadership in that area under the supervision and reporting relationship with Assistant Deputy Minister Kevin Jardine."