AGM’s Tories shown the door

The familiar ritual of a losing political party's appointees being turfed out of their jobs encompasses all areas of government, including advertising.And now that the Liberals, not the Tories, are calling the shots in Ottawa, three Conservative managers in the Advertising...

The familiar ritual of a losing political party’s appointees being turfed out of their jobs encompasses all areas of government, including advertising.

And now that the Liberals, not the Tories, are calling the shots in Ottawa, three Conservative managers in the Advertising Management Group, the federal body that officially awards advertising and polling contracts, have been dumped.

Departed

Gone are Dominique La Salle, a former chief of staff to a Tory senator, Jean Charbonneau, and Ross Monk, formerly of Foster Advertising in Toronto.

All three had salaries not far short of $100,000 a year.

The job of the managers was to advise Tory ministers and to decide who got what polling or advertising contract.

Over the last two years, the federal Tories shelled out $208 million of taxpayers’ money for advertising and polling.

Contracts wound up

Andre Tessier, a spokesman for new Public Works Minister David Dingwall, confirms that the three Tory managers left Nov. 15, and that other advertising or polling contracts given through the amg have been wound up.

Tessier says although the amg is still in existence, its role from now on has yet to be decided.

He says his minister is looking at the whole process of deciding who gets what advertising or polling contract, and there will be discussions in cabinet, and directives from Prime Minister Jean Chretien on the matter as well. DC