Grits name ex-Liberal B.C. president, $30,000-donor to port authority board

The Liberals say former Liberal Party lawyer Craig Munroe is ’eminently qualified’ to sit on the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority board and his appointment followed the government’s merit-based approach.


A former president of the Liberal Party’s B.C. chapter who has donated $30,000 to the party since 2004 was appointed to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority this month.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau (Notre Dame de Grâce-Westmount, Que.) named North Vancouver lawyer Craig Munroe to the 11-member board on Nov. 15 for a three-year term.

His office called Mr. Munroe “eminently qualified,” while NDP ethics critic Nathan Cullen said it calls into question the merit-based appointment process Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Papineau, Que.) has promised.

Mr. Munroe has been a consistent Liberal donor over the years, regularly meeting Elections Canada maximums.

  Elections Canada filings show Mr. Munroe donated $30,413.92 to the Liberal Party, various riding associations and political candidates. Mr. Munroe, who until recently served as a party lawyer and is a partner at Fasken Martineau in Vancouver, last donated in September 2017.

In 2012, he gave $600 to then leadership candidate Mr. Trudeau. In 2006, he split donations to leadership candidates, with $500 to Gerard Kennedy and $140 to Michael Ignatieff.

Mr. Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley, B.C.) said the appointment “raises some flags” in the midst of ongoing appointment problems “across the board,” including “massive” delays that have created a backlog of unfilled positions.

“Now we have this, which is at the very minimum a situation where it looks like Liberals picking Liberals for plum appointments,” said Mr. Cullen .

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