Cue the Blogging Tories ... "But, but, but, but this is completely different!" Emphasis all mine:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, during heated debate last week in the Commons, blamed the "Liberal-appointed" safety commission for refusing to recognize the overriding need to resume isotope production.
Other Tories pointed out that Linda Keen, chair of the commission, was a senior bureaucrat at the Natural Resources Department when Liberal Ralph Goodale was minister there. Keen retorted that as a civil servant she was non-partisan.
Ironically, Harper has since appointed a new chair of AECL, Glenna Carr, who held senior bureaucratic posts in the Ontario government under former NDP premier Bob Rae and Liberal David Peterson. The Prime Minister's Office has offered no explanation of why that work record was acceptable but Keen's was not.