Doing His Job?
I see that Jason Kenney, a senior and very influential minister in the Harper government thought he was just doing his job when he supported Rob Anders in the recent nomination fight in the new riding of Calgary Signal Hill.
That’s interesting because his statement would appear to be at odds with the Conservative Party position that all nominations are open and without interference of any type. How many people think that when a senior cabinet minister intervenes in a nomination battle that his support won’t influence the vote?
It’s not clear from what I have seen and in all fairness perhaps I missed it, if in fact Kenney ever commented on Anders attacks on those dreaded Red Tories. Attacks which would be at odds with all of the efforts Stephen Harper has made to make the coalition of former Reform/Canadian Alliance and PC Party members work. It was that coalition that Harper and Peter MacKay put together that brought the Tories back to power in 2006 after both parties had been opposition since 1993.
It has been reported that Kenney has leadership ambitions of his own or at least wants a kingmaker role. If that is the case he needs to clarify his position and let Tories from the left, centre and right of the party know where he stands on that issue. Does he support a big tent Conservative Party or not? I assume he does.
Kenney is a very smart and capable politician who has contributed a lot to the recent electoral success of the Conservative Party. Perhaps he was misquoted or hadn’t completely thought through his answer. Either way, he should clarify his position on that point.