High-profile appointment did not break rules: Nova Scotia premier

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says no rules were broken when his cabinet appointed a failed Liberal candidate as the province's protocol officer.

McNeil issued a statement today saying Glennie Langille's 30-year career as a journalist made her qualified for the post after the NDP accused the Liberal government of blatant patronage.

He says the hiring in December was within the rules because cabinet can appoint people to certain positions without holding a competition.

Soon after the appointment was announced, McNeil said he had asked Langille to take the job ahead of other applicants because she was qualified for the post.

The premier's latest statement does not make it clear whether others were considered for the job, but a spokesman for McNeil says other names had been submitted.

However, Kyley Harris says no competition was held.

Organizations: NDP

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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