The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency says it's consulting with the Public Service Commission on the employment of a former P.E.I. cabinet minister.

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Kevin MacAdam's future with ACOA is under discussion following a Federal Court ruling on his hiring. (CBC)

A federal court ruling this month concluded ACOA officials acted inappropriately in hiring Kevin MacAdam. An earlier investigation by the Public Service Commission reached the same conclusion.

MacAdam was hired as a deputy in ACOA's P.E.I. office in early 2011. The Atlantic Liberal caucus complained it was a patronage appointment. MacAdam had been a cabinet minister under P.E.I. Progressive Conservative Premier Pat Binns.

The commission found ACOA employees — most notably Pat Dorsey, the former communications director for Binns — acted improperly by tailoring the job qualifications so MacAdam could be hired.

The federal court agreed with that assertion, but also stressed that MacAdam himself did nothing wrong.

In an email to CBC News Wednesday afternoon, ACOA confirmed that MacAdam is still an employee, and that the base salary for the position for which he was hired is $118,500.

According to court documents, he has spent the last three years in Ottawa learning French. The position he was awarded is based on P.E.I.

ACOA says it is now consulting with the Public Service Commission on the next steps in the matter and will cooperate fully with the Commission.

MacAdam's lawyer says his client is considering whether to appeal this latest court decision.