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Feds shelled out $73,000 to find new investment agency CEO, an ex-Liberal Party exec

By Samantha Wright Allen      

That was the most spent on a single position out of $1.1-million paid last year to headhunters to help fill nearly 50 positions. Critics question whether it represents unnecessary spending when it doesn't protect from what one called patronage posts.

Ian McKay was announced as CEO of Invest in Canada in March. The Vancouver businessman served as national director of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2010 to 2013, pictured here the year he took on the Liberal job. The Hill Times file photograph
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The federal government is spending $158,200 on headhunters to help it staff up Canada’s new foreign investment promotion agency, part of $1.1-million spent on executive searches last year that opposition MPs say raises questions about the effectiveness and cost of what the Liberals say is a merit-based process when it leads to appointees with Liberal connections. “We’re spending an awful lot of money, but the reforms that are needed are not apparent,” said NDP MP and ethics critic Charlie

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