Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Jason Kenney and the Day of Decision
For weeks Jason Kenney has been playing a game of hide and seek. Or what I would call if Kenney wasn't still clinging grimly to his chastity vows, playing hard to get.
Whipping the Con media into a frenzy by hinting that he's thinking of leaving Ottawa, only to quickly deny it.
In an obvious attempt to try to build up the suspense, so he can make his decision sound like a historic announcement.
Well now it seems the chubby chicken hawk has finally made up his mind.
And he will be riding off to Alberta on a crusade to try to unite the right, and become the next Premier of that province.
Conservative MP Jason Kenney will announce he is making a bid to run for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party in Calgary this Wednesday, CBC News has confirmed.
Sources also say he is looking to merge the right in his home province by calling on Progressive Conservatives and members of the Wildrose to come together to better fight the progressive forces of the current NDP government.
And of course the announcement is carefully timed to come just before the Calgary Stampede.
Kenney's announcement would come just before the Calgary Stampede, a key cultural and political event in Alberta.
So he can reap, or cook up, even more free publicity...
And maybe even get an endorsement, or just a nod, from his old friend Steve who is also planning to attend.
But although Kenney will try to make it sound like leaving Ottawa was a tough decision, and he's only doing it to save Alberta from the godless commies.
The fact is he really had no choice. He must have finally realized that he has no future in the new/nouveau Cons...
Just like those desperate Harper stooges have no future or no chance of winning the next election.
And it also must be said that his career has been going downhill for a long long time.
For in the last eight years I have written about 400 posts about Kenney, and while skimming through some of them last night, I noticed that it has been six years since his career really peaked.
"For what it's worth, if Jason Kenney wants to seek the leadership some day, nobody will come close to defeating him," an Ontario Tory MP said. "He appeals to the party base, new Canadians love him, social conservatives know where he stands and he is a caucus favourite."
But sadly for him that warm glow didn't last. His long stint as Immigration Minister ended badly.
Over Kenney's tenure, convicted criminals were allowed to enter, all the while barring some of the best candidates to build Canada's future.
With one blunder after the other...
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney opened the door to too many "temporary foreign workers." As the Finance Minister has said Canada's economy is still fragile, flooding the country with temp workers seems counterproductive to the thousands of unemployed Canadians.
When he became Defence Minister the verdict was even harsher.
Jason Kenney has long been considered the Conservative party’s best approximation of an heir apparent; a dauphin, if you will. In a caucus notably lacking in strong performers, save for the Prime Minister and a handful of ministers, Mr. Kenney is a star.
For it has been reinforced lately, most recently Wednesday, that this minister has a potentially crippling Achilles heel; his very confidence and combativeness, coupled with instant access to social media, lead him to one snafu after another.
And of course the final blow came during the election campaign when despite all those banquets he attended...
He still managed to lose the ethnic vote by coming up with the idea to put niqabs on the menu...
Only end up with a bad case of political indigestion...
So whatever he says tomorrow, he is damaged goods.
It will be just another sign of the Con apocalypse...
And the verdict of history will be a harsh one.
All that burning ambition came to nothing.
We made sure that he never became Prime Minister.
And that his legacy will be a foul one...
He came, he prayed, he lied, he lost.
And that Con nightmare is also finally over...
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