Au revoir (eventually), Diane Ablonczy -

Au revoir (eventually), Diane Ablonczy

Another minister excuses herself and Marjory LeBreton prepares to exit too


The Conservative MP for Calgary-Nose Hill and the minister of state for foreign affairs announces she won’t seek re-election.

“However, we are in a period of transition. There will be a significant riding redistribution  prior to the next election in 2015, and because of tremendous growth in northwest  Calgary there will be drastic changes to Calgary-Nose Hill. A major part of my current  riding will become the new Calgary-Rocky Ridge. This has led many to ask whether I will  seek another term in office, and if so, in which riding.  

“As I am fully engaged in my responsibilities, I had not intended to publicly share my  decision until a year from now. However, since some of my colleagues have recently  announced that they will not seek re-election in 2015 the questions are becoming more  insistent. That puts me, my family and my staff in an uncomfortable position. I therefore  think that, especially since others beside myself are affected, this is the appropriate time  to announce that after serving twenty-two years I will be leaving the political arena in  2015.

As well, Senator Marjory LeBreton says she intends to step down as leader of the government in the Senate.

“After almost seven and a half years, I have advised the Prime Minister of my intention to step down as Leader of the Government in the Senate.

I would like to personally thank Prime Minister Harper for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to serve in his government and to be part of so many initiatives undertaken by our government on behalf of our fellow citizens, whether it be economic growth and stability, safer communities or courageous and principled foreign policy. Most of all, I want to thank him for his trust, his strong leadership and his friendship.

While I will be leaving the position of Government Leader in the Senate, I will continue to be an active member of the Conservative Caucus over the next few years. I intend to step up my efforts in support of meaningful Senate reform and also actively back the new strengthened rules we introduced regarding Senate expenses.”

Ms. Ablonczy excusing herself leaves the potential for four openings with Ted Menzies and Keith Ashfield having previously excused themselves and the voters in Labrador having excused Peter Penashue. If Vic Toews chooses to retire, there would be five open spots.

Senator LeBreton was also a member of cabinet, but will obviously be replaced by another senator.


Au revoir (eventually), Diane Ablonczy

  1. Must be some serious pressure on her for that offensive old crone LeBreton to step aside. I cannot imagine anyone will be sorry to see her leave. Ablonscy is interesting — you would think she would have had a more senior career, and I think she also thought she would have had one. Harper always held her back — he’s a vindictive fella, so who knows why? I believe she introduced him to his wife and they were reformers together from the beginning, both from Calgary. Prolly lots of water under that bridge!

    • Your tinfoil hat is extra tight today.

      • Ablonczy had the bad luck to come from the same city as the Prime Minister. Can’t give all the cabinet seats to one city. She probably deserved better but she served without complaint.

        • So Michelle Rempel is SOL as well?

      • Can’t handle the truth, BB?

        • Smoke another dube Mary Jane

  2. The rats are abandoning the ship.

    • No, they’re getting eaten by the younger rats. This ship is going to sail on for a long time yet.

      • Sail on, or drift aimlessly on the waves?

        • And once again, KeithBram displays his enormous intellect.

          • Why thank you!

    • These four Conservatives have all served the citizens of Canada for a long time, the rats you speak of are all on board the Liberal Titanic and NDP Costa Concordia.

      • “These four Conservatives have all served the citizens of Canada for a long time” and so have enough sense to know when it’s time to get the hell outta Dodge.

        • What was that?

          Oh, just KB, just a fart in the breeze.

          • And once again, Billy Bob displays his enormous intellect.

          • You must hang out with JanBC

    • My thought exactly.

  3. Is Marjory LeBreton stepping down the way Pamela Wallin stepped down?

    • In La Presse M. Croteau writes that the PM will not have the new leader of the gov in the Senate in cabinet. Croteau claims SH wants to distance himself from Senate.

      BS and smokescreen, IMO. If PM really wants that distance he should not let senators into his caucus. The leader in the senate answers questions on behalf of gov in senate where questions MUST be answered.

      • So he removed her cabinet post, leaving her little choice but to resign to avoid humiliation of being chopped from cabinet?

        • Don’t know if SH showed her the door but we’ll see if her replacement as gov house leader sits in cabinet. Except for a few weeks in 1926 gov leaders in the senate have all been cabmins as she is responsible for defending and promoting the government’s programs and answering all questions for the government during question period. It could be that La Presse got it wrong!

  4. This’ll create room for a lot of new faces in the CPC. This will obviously have Liberals scrambling because they could very easily find a few young and pretty candidates that will make Trudeau look like the rambling buffoon that he is. Would be hilarious to watch Junior get his butt whooped by a rookie Candidate in a debate though.

    • “This’ll create room for a lot of new faces in the CPC” . . . whistling past the graveyard.

      More like classic end of regime activity . . . those leaving see the writing on the wall for themselves &/or the government; they did the math and figured they’ll never get any higher up the greasy pole, or decided if they did, it would not be for long and then back to oppo.

      The young ‘uns, not being in the cabinet, will jump at any chance to shimmy up.

    • You mean like Skippy?