The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency has revoked the appointment of former P.E.I. cabinet minister Kevin MacAdam, effective last Friday.
MacAdam was hired in February 2011 as deputy for the P.E.I. office, an appointment immediately criticized as patronage. A review by the Public Service Commission found there was improper conduct in the hiring, and a recent Federal Court ruling agreed.
"The appointment of the Director General of Operations at ACOA PEI has been revoked," wrote ACOA spokesman Robert Bourgeouis in an email to CBC News.
"Mr. MacAdam is no longer an employee of ACOA or the Public Service of Canada."
Bourgeouis wrote the Federal Court decision confirmed the original decision of the Public Service Commission, and so ACOA took corrective action.
MacAdam was a cabinet minister under former P.E.I. Progressive Conservative premier Pat Binns. In 2006, he left provincial politics to work as a staff member for federal Conservative MP Peter MacKay, then the minister responsible for ACOA. MacAdam was hired by ACOA in February 2011, at which point he moved to Ottawa to receive French language instruction.
The investigations were prompted by a complaint from the Atlantic Liberal caucus. The investigation concluded there was no evidence of political interference from elected officials and no improper conduct on the part of MacAdam. However it found the process itself was set up to allow MacAdam to win the position and was thus tainted.
In addition to cancelling MacAdam's appointment, the Federal Court justice also agreed with the Public Service Commission that the man who hired MacAdam, former Binns staff member Pat Dorsey, should be restricted from staffing-related duties, including staff appointments, for a period of three years.
Last week MacAdam's lawyer said his client was still considering whether to launch an appeal.