Flaherty says Kenney crossed into his turf in criticizing Toronto mayor

OTTAWA – Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is saying little about a report that he had sharp words with a cabinet colleague for criticizing Toronto’s embattled mayor, but hinted it had to do with political turf.

The CBC has reported Flaherty confronted Jason Kenney in the House of Commons last month after the employment minister called for Rob Ford’s resignation.

The broadcaster cited unnamed cabinet and caucus sources as saying Flaherty swore at Kenney and told him to shut up about Ford, who the finance minister has called a personal friend.

According to the CBC, the two men had to be separated by colleagues.

Neither minister has has denied an incident took place.

Flaherty, who is the senior minister in the Toronto-area, suggested Kenney, who is the minister responsible for southern Alberta, should stick to his neck of the woods.

“You know, I’m the minister for the Greater Toronto Area. I don’t comment on the mayor of Calgary,” he told reporters as he arrived for a meeting with his provincial counterparts.

For his part, Kenney recently told the CBC that “there’s always going to be some disagreements” but that he gets along with Flaherty.

Kenney raised eyebrows last month when he said Ford should resign over months of scandal involving drug use allegations, public intoxication and verbal gaffes.

He was far more forceful than Prime Minister Harper who merely issued a statement saying he doesn’t condone illegal drug use.




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Flaherty says Kenney crossed into his turf in criticizing Toronto mayor

  1. Neither of the cabinet ministers should be commenting….it’s 2 different levels of govt.

  2. What a classy bunch of nothings we have representing us – NOT. No one with a modicum of dececncy would have these people in their livingrooms and expose their families to these ill-mannered carpetbaggers. Disgusting boors!

  3. I find it truly appalling that our prime minister and his colleagues, while loudly and and falsely accusing Justin Trudeau’s of selling drugs to children based on his policy on marijuana, should stand by so mutely when one of their own breaks the law, lies, embarrasses his office and the whole country. Where is the moral standard?

    • Their moral compass is spinning out of control. Where/when it will stop, nobody knows.

  4. For the most part the GTA wants nothing to do with either of those losers, esp. after Flaherty’s creative budgeting when he was an MP.

    And apparently Flaherty didn’t speak on the matter so much as blubber and sob about it. He was too weak to either defend his family friend or publicly ask him for help, so he cried and offered some meaningless platitues.

    When you have to take lessons on personal courage from Kenney, you are a sorry human being.

  5. Good for Kenney. Clearly he is not afraid to speak up on principle–as he should. The Conservative party is sorely missing more people of principle, darn near devoid of it right now save for Kenney.

    • Kenney looks good only by default.

  6. Good to see Flaberty’s ethical compass is strictly situational and geographic.

  7. Quite a message you’re sending there, Jim. Trudeau smokes a joint? He’s the Great Satan. Rob Ford does crack, hangs out with drug dealers… aww, let’s give it a pass.

  8. I’m not a fan of Conservative cabinet ministers generally, but it’s nice to see that Mr. Kenney has an opinion and is prepared to speak it aloud. I would invite Mr. Flaherty to be frank about the mayor of Calgary if he feels strongly about an issue. The concept of “turf” seems more relevant to the operations of a drug dealing gang than to the Westminster model of government.

    • I think the real kerfuffle is that Jim wanted Jason to give free samples
      of crack, courtesy of Rob, to all new Canadians, and Jason refused.

  9. The only way to cross onto Jim Flaherty’s turf is to find the end of the rainbow.

  10. Maybe he should comment on the Mayor of Calgary? Something along the lines of “I wish Toronto had a mayor like the Mayor of Calgary.”

  11. “You know, I’m the minister for the Greater Toronto Area. I don’t comment on the mayor of Calgary,” he told reporters as he arrived for a meeting with his provincial counterparts.

    Is there something in particular that Flaherty wants to say??

  12. The Con mobsters having a turf war. After-all Canada belongs to them not us.

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