Peter Kent’s cabinet speculation

The Environment Minister considers the possibilities

A note posted to Facebook by the Environment Minister.

It has been an honour, since 2008, to proudly represent the GTA constituency of Thornhill in the House of Commons. Prime Minister Harper amplified that honour when he appointed me to his Cabinet, first as the Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas) and, since January 2011, as Minister of the Environment.

Given increasing speculation regarding the coming Cabinet shuffle, statements from a number of esteemed colleagues that they will not run in the 2015 election and should not be considered for cabinet, and, in response to concerns expressed by Thornhill constituents, I wish to clarify a number of issues.

Whatever the outcome of the impending changes to Cabinet, I firmly intend to stand for re-election in 2015.

While it has been a great honour to have served in cabinet, political service does not begin or end in that revered body.

Our Conservative caucus has an abundance of talented MPs and it is only appropriate that other, younger men and women should take a turn in cabinet. I will fully support the PM’s eventual decisions.

If, in the fullness of time and the eventual shuffle, I do find myself a backbench Parliamentarian, I will enthusiastically embrace what will be, for me, exciting new challenges.

Although still officially hypothetical, I would be able to better devote myself to my Thornhill constituents, to their issues, and to the issues of the Greater Toronto Area. 

Most important among those issues; growing the economy, helping job creation, protecting our environment, AND, working to ensure the re-election of a strong, stable, majority Conservative government.

Make of that what you will.




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Peter Kent’s cabinet speculation

  1. POS attempting to make an asset out of a liability.

  2. Why do the fraudsters even appoint an Enviro minister? Why not just be transparent and appoint an Oily minister.

    • They got both with Kent. An oily enviro minister.

  3. Maybe he’s sensing a bit of PMO ill will towards former journalists.

  4. Well, if there is a new Environment Minister, naturally, it will take some time to come up to speed, review the files, meet the key players etc.

    So, out of fairness, no O&G regulation until, say, mid 2014. At the earliest.

  5. Has any sitting cabinet minister ever written or spoken anything as: Pick one: swarmy, self pitying, pathetic, as that?
    Please o great master understand that whatever fate you may choose for me I will accept it in my annoyingly cloying, clinging, worshipful way.

    • Reminds me of the line from the Sopranos: “He craps on your head and he expects you to thank him for the hat”

    • I can’t pick one – have to pick all three :-)

  6. Maybe Harper will get Mulroney to make a deal with his former assistant Elizabeth May and appoint her as environment minister so that they can claim to be Green again.

    Worked when Mulroney appointed Lucien Bouchard and suddenly after giving billions a year in grants and incentives to the oil and gas industry, they came up with a ten year $3 Billion ‘Green Plan’ which represented less than 10% of the funds provided to oil and gas.

    The 1990 Mulroney Green Plan promised to limit future emissions to 1990 levels when fully implemented, which did not happen. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, and I am the average manipulated, misinformed, but well educated Canadian who knows no shame.

    In the immortal words of Oscar Ameringer, “Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other.”

  7. A paper airplane.

  8. As believable as “I have decided to leave [enter job here] to spend more time with my family.”

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