Okay, the man lives in academe - fair enough. But what else do we know about him?
Harper said in the House of Commons Wednesday that Johnston also previously served on various provincial and federal task forces and committees.
According to the Western Economic Diversification Canada website, Johnston once chaired the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE). Mulroney announced the creation of NRTEE in October 1988.
Okay, now I see the bucket of whitewash filling. The man's a former Mulroney appointee (Remember, Mulroney was PM until 1993 - and Johnston's name appears on the annual report for 1992/1993, and this 1991 publication of the NRTEE. So much for neutrality.