Heather Foley Melvin was hand-picked right after last spring’s election to head up Nova Scotia’s new energy conservation agency by Premier Fiddler. She was in fact hand-picked without a formal competition, which under normal circumstances would imply astounding “lucky to have her at any price” qualities. In her case, that price is a $131,000 pa three year contract with the provincial government – pretty nice walkin’ about change in a burg like Halifax. You might even be able to unpack your suitcase on the peninsula!
And the qualities? Well, it goes without saying that her background as a Mazda Canada regional manager makes her uniquely-qualified to run an energy conservation agency. I mean what do graduates from university that wasted their time studying public policy or the environment have to offer over a car salesperson?
Oh, and did I mention that she was also The Fiddler’s former Chief of Staff? Yup, she helped him shrink his minority, a conservation effort of sorts, I suppose.
Rodney – word up: this is the kind of shit you pull when you have a majority government. Doing stuff like this makes it less likely that you’re going to get the chance to find out, thankfully.