According to the CBC article, these 33 appointee’s contracts were extended before election was called. And considering this was the longest election we’ve had in recent memory that is a considerable length of time.
I would argue that had the previous government not extended the contracts previously they would be in a rush (in government terms of course) to extend the contracts now.
It also is not like these appointments are entirely permanent and irreversible. If one of these people actually was not fit for the job they could be removed from the job as well.
As much as I agree that politicians shouldn’t hand out jobs just before an election, this doesn’t seem to be the case with the featured job by Surinder Pal in this article.