It's amusing to see the differences in reaction from the major newspapers to Stephen Harper's eye-rolling hypocrisy. From the right:
Don Martin, columnist for the pro-Conservative National Post, attacked the appointment as "flagrant capitulation to political expediency." He added: "A clean government is launched by dirty politics."
Also from the right:
"Despite all his lofty election promises to do government differently, Harper has constructed a cabinet more with an eye to political porking that principle," wrote columnist Greg Weston in the right-wing Sun chain of newspapers.
And from the left, where you'd expect a really savage beatdown?
Canada's largest circulation newspaper, the left-leaning Toronto Star, said giving major posts to Fortier and Emerson was hard to justify.
"Yesterday's appointments leave a whiff of cynicism, even hypocrisy, in the air," it said in its lead editorial.
Way to go, Star. Don't mince words or anything.