There are literally dozens of Ontario boards, committees and agencies whose directors are appointed by politicians.
There are bound to be some chosen for their political loyalties, services and contributions, but there are also many appointed on the basis of their knowledge, experience and integrity.
In 1985, when the legislature was controlled by an alliance between the Liberals and NDP, a group of experts was asked to look into the issue of patronage and appointments to these boards, committees and agencies. It recommended formation of a central agency to provide oversight, an open and transparent recruitment process and accountability.
That has all been done. The Public Appointments Secretariat advertises all vacancies, provides application information, advice and forms, and lists all appointments as they are made.
Its website has a description for each of the many boards, commissions and committees, its members and in some cases a biography, pay level and their term in office.