Mr. Speaker, Ms. Bellemare was appointed to the Board of Referees after having made an application. The eligibility criteria for the appointment of chairpersons reads:
(a) be available for two sessions a month;
(b) advise the Clerk of the Board in advance of any intended absence...;
(c) be able to communicate both orally and in writing in either of the official languages...;
(d) have lived or worked in the area serviced by the Board Centre for approximately one year, and be familiar with the labour market conditions prevalent in the area;
Ms. Bellemare went through the process and was ultimately recommended by Human Resources officials.