Investigations into appointments made by the Conservative government to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) were highlighted by Ottawa Correspondent Stephen Maher in March 2011. Concerning one such appointment, he writes: “On Feb. 7, Kevin MacAdam won a $110,600-to-$133,400 job as director general of regional operations with ACOA in Prince Edward Island. MacAdam came to Ottawa to work for (Peter) MacKay after serving as a minister in Pat Binns’s Conservative cabinet. Before he takes up the ACOA post, MacAdam will study French full time in Ottawa for up to two years, at full pay, until his French is good enough.” Apparently, what the Herald News calls “job-rigging” had taken place in this and other appointments to ACOA. Latest from the Herald News is that the Public Service Commission finds officials tailored hiring criteria for MacKay aides.