Need to know: Kenney wants Ford to resign

The employment minister keeps saying interesting things


Blair Gable

The story

Jason Kenney says interesting things. Yesterday, he called on Toronto’s mayor to resign. Not a single Conservative had called for such a thing, but Kenney went up and spoke right into a mic. He’s long been known as a potential successor to Stephen Harper, the kind of guy who has the support of social conservatives, and probably a few others, in his party’s caucus.

On Twitter, he says nice things about his colleagues across the aisle. When he goofs up and, say, tweets an anti-union joke and then deletes the tweet, he suffers for only a couple of hours. Walking up to a mic and calling for a troubled mayor to resign, and then winning an award as Most Knowledgeable MP, will help that cause. This morning, the National Post‘s John Ivison calls Kenney “the man most likely to succeed” the Prime Minister. He wrote it as if it were common knowledge, which maybe it is. Keep watching Kenney. Probably, he’ll keep saying interesting things.

The stat
87: the number of Conservative MPs who voted for MP Stephen Woodworth’s motion, last September, to have a parliamentary committee study the criminal code’s definition of a child. The motion was defeated 203-91. That could form the basis of Kenney’s support in caucus.

The quote
“I personally think [Ford] should step aside and stop dragging the city of Toronto through this terrible embarrassment.” —Kenney


What’s above the fold

The Globe and Mail Jason Kenney called on Rob Ford to step down as Toronto mayor.
National Post
The Parti Quebecois claims its values charter is a “Jefferson moment.”
Toronto Star Ford lost key staff to the deputy mayor’s office.
Ottawa Citizen Cutting troops is an option for the cash-strapped Canadian Forces.
CBC News Greenpeace activists are climbing Montreal’s Biosphere.
CTV News Police documents claim Ford consumed a narcotic in February.
National Newswatch The pro-life faction of the Conservative caucus won’t fade away.


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Need to know: Kenney wants Ford to resign

  1. LOL the party that would elect a gay guy to be anti-abortion.

    • I am begining to worry that you’ve taken leave of your senses. 10,143 comments have done nothing to allay my concerns. Try making sense ocassionally.

      • Jason Kenney….who is gay….is a leader in the Con’s anti-abortion fight.

        Religion is strange.

  2. If Harper even gets a whiff of a serious contender to his leadership, that person will soon find themselves on the backbench. So I doubt Harper sees Kenney as a threat.

    • I figure they have an arrangement that kenney will take over after Harper decides to resign as PM. Kenney’s a youngish man and can wait until 2019 if he has to.

  3. Kenney is important cog in Con party and they are keen supporters of killing babies – has Harper defended anything so lustily as the right to murder your children? – so he doesn’t get to tell us who is embarrassment and who isn’t. In general, I think pols should resist urge to label people embarrassments because pols don’t have much to brag about themselves.

    I read profile of Kenney within last year, I think it was in maclean’s but not certain, and I remember wondering how much cocaine does Kenney do as I reading about Kenney’s long hours, away from family, high pressure job. Pols in general, and cabinet ministers in particular, are exactly the type of people you expect to use drugs.

    If we did a drugs test on high achieving A type personality cabinet ministers, how would they do?

  4. Ford does need to resign, like Kenney needs to resign. No 1st world nation would tolerate a politician staging a faked citizenship ceremony. That’s banana republic stuff. Stop making a mockery of Canada Kenney/Ford!..Resign !

  5. This is Jason’s “Sister Souljah Moment”. Attack a known ally that has become extreme or a problem so that you can curry favour with the centrists in your party and centrist constituents. Especially if you are planning to run for election.

  6. Kenny and Ford sit at the apex of the same base. Anything that erodes that base is a threat to Kenny. Getting Ford out of the way would relieve the base of an enormous weight, figuratively and literally.

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