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Peter van Loan to Foreign Affairs?


 

Just kidding. Probably. From the Inkless emailbox:

24 June 2008
Ottawa, Ontario
Public event for Prime Minister Stephen Harper for Wednesday, June 25th is:

Ottawa

11:00 a.m. Prime Minister Stephen Harper will attend a swearing-in ceremony of new Members of the Ministerial team.

Rideau Hall
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON

*Photo opportunity of arrival at Rideau Hall*
*Pooled photo opportunity of swearing-in ceremony*


 

Peter van Loan to Foreign Affairs?

  1. Jack Layton to Human Resources. Bet on it.

  2. Gilles Duceppe to Minister of Multiculuralism : Iggy to Defense (if looks could kill we wouldn’t need an army) .. speaking of which has anyone noticed in Question Period when the camera would pan over slightly from Dion the look Iggy would be surreptituosly be giving Dion – man am I ever glad I am not Dion!

  3. Well, it should be someone who doesn’t like the ladies…..they don’t seem to understand the title Foreign “Affairs”…..

  4. I wonder if Harper sometimes feels like Cliff Fletcher, they both have comparable talent polls from which to draw from.

    I predict Rona makes a comeback.

  5. No, no no.

    Baird to Defense, MacKay to Finance, Josee Verner to International Trade, Lawrence Cannon to Agriculture, Geurgis to Foreign Affairs, Kenney to Environment, Moore to the newly developed Ministry of Scandal, Day to Immigration, Nichols to Heritage and Flaherty as leader.

    Is anyone old enough to remember ‘pick up sticks’? Choosing the best from a bad situation is a tough job.

    I’m certain we’ll be underwhelmed at 11:00 o’clock tomorrow morning.

  6. Can you imagine the faces out at Fort Pearson if it was Van Loan?

  7. Oh my my that is funny… That being said, I’m sure Peter Van Loan would be a great success compared to the last fellow. I wonder if Prime Minister Harper, the brilliant strategists will pull of another one of his infamous masterstrokes. Grandpa used to always say, third time is the charm!

  8. How about Bernier to Denmark as ambassador?

  9. Once when Tobin was premier of Newfoundland I interviewed him at the end of the afternoon in his office. There was a mini-scandal and he patiently explained to me why it mustn’t interfere with the serious work of government and a shuffle would be counterproductive. Then he said good night. The next morning he shuffled his cabinet. These guys hate to spill the secret. Surprise is always possible.

  10. I say Prentice in the Library with the Lead Pipe.

  11. Most of my old colleagues at Fort Pearson don’t deserve a minister as talented as Van Loan. Too many of them still yearn for that socialist Axworthy. It’s time to move on.

    Emerson will fit the portfolio just fine.

  12. I’d love to see Rajotte in Industry.

  13. *Photo opportunity of arrival at Rideau Hall*
    *Pooled photo opportunity of swearing-in ceremony*

    Every photographer in Ottawa will be looking for the “next” Couillard and every Minister has been told to leave their dates at home.

  14. The rest of us to “summer vacation”. That’s all that matters.

  15. 1. “Sandi” – Van Loan is married, so I don’t know what you’re getting at. Then again, you probably don’t know either.

    2. Van Loan was PA to foreign affairs before being elevated to cabinet.

    3. He is probably the only member of the gov’t caucus who reads Foreign Affairs (that’s one of those periodicals with no photos or perfume ads) — going back to before he was elected to the House of Commons. I’m guessing not many of us on this thread can say that.

    4. Hey, maybe this is why he reads it (from his bio):

    M.A., International Relations, University of Toronto 1989

    http://www.petervanloan.com/biography.asp

    Oh, he has three other degrees too.

  16. snap!

  17. … but degrees in huffing, blatant fibbing and holistic ass-kissing aren’t recognized in six of the provinces.

  18. Van Loan is playing a role in Parliament. Not sure what that role is defined as in the PMO – be the smart-assist smart ass partisan you can, make sure Parliament and Question Period in particular are as useless to democracy as possible, and while you are at it see if you can’t piss off a few provincial governments too – but he is smart, versatile and has the right background. He’s a partisan but not an ideolog. He may not be acting the stateman right now but the role he’s been asked to play doesn’t call for that.

    Indeed, the one killer for him is that he might succeed and grow a good profile, and there is just no way that Harper is ever going to allow that.

  19. Hey Joan : thanks for the link to his resume – I had no idea he had such an interesting resume no wonder I like the job he is doing especially noted the history with the PC in Ontario – who woulda thought! He kinda reminds me of when Chretien used to bark at the neighbours for Pierre E. T.

  20. But Wayne… You don’t like Chretien, remember?

  21. Sorry Boudica : you are mistaken there I have always admired and voted for (whenever possible) Chretien : in point of fact I resigned my duties as I was a party worker mostly fundraising and sat on some committees mostly policy planning and analysis and then handed in my card right after the Putsch as I was quite upset over the way he was treated by Martin and crew (a.k.a wrecking crew)but then tehy did me a favour as it motivated me to learn more about Harper and then join the Conservatives.

  22. My mistake, Wayne. I must have confused you with some other Wayne.

  23. Oh no.. Wayne and I have something in common… this is bad.

  24. Be afraid Sophie be very afraid – next thing you know you will start to pucker up, lose your sense of humour and get all mean : like all the rest of us Conservatives before know it you will start to think things like = maybe this left wing liberal philosophy is not all it’s cracked up to be!

  25. How does one go from being a Chretien supporter to being a Harperite?

    Do tell, Wayne.

  26. I think I’m safe from that- I’ve got too much Bloc and communist in my background (I was almost thrown out when my Liberal membership came in the mail) not to realize that this great country of ours can never be governed by extremes.

  27. Boudica- I’m wondering the same thing- especially as Dion is seen as being Chrétien’s chosen succesor, if you will, with Ignatieff being more of a Martin guy.

  28. Really Sophie? And I suppose you think of Harper as a Moderate?

  29. Boudica : It’s called using your own mind rather than spoon fed emotions from the usual pablum presented by the media as most the usual media like to spin so much they get dizzy after all they need the soundbite and one-liner to sell ad’s. Then doing something interesting called research. Then after going to several speeches by Harper to see if if I what I think might be true is indeed true and checking out local MP (conservative in Victoria excellent guy, he is very upfront) this leads to joining the Conservative Party as they are right : the answer to all socail problems is not another gov’t program and new taxes and in point of very depressing fact, more often than not they are a part of the problem not the solution – once you start to understand this concept you are starting to show courage next stop newbie Harperite!

  30. “Boudica- I’m wondering the same thing- especially as Dion is seen as being Chrétien’s chosen succesor, if you will, with Ignatieff being more of a Martin guy.”

    Sophie, sorry. Iggy belongs in the CPC along with John Manley. He probably would have joined the CPC if he’d thougth at the time that they offered him a better chance at becoming PM.

  31. Wayne, but what made you a Chretien fan then?

  32. Really Sophie? And I suppose you think of Harper as a Moderate?
    Where’d you get that from? All I said was that my political upbringing was two parts separatist and one part communist, and, as far as I can tell, neither one works very well. I am not a conservatives because I see Harper as a far-right extremist, with the Liberals managing to straddle the centre quite nicely. Also, you didn’t think Martin was a Con at heart? He just wanted power and he knew bloody well that the Liberals had a better chance of being elected.

  33. “Where’d you get that from?”

    From the following:

    “I’ve got too much Bloc and communist in my background (I was almost thrown out when my Liberal membership came in the mail) not to realize that this great country of ours can never be governed by extremes.”

    Did I misunderstand?

  34. Ah! sorry Boudica I misunderstood your Question : I was first bitten by the political bug sent out by Trudeau when he gave the finger to some buddies of mine in northern BC who were protesting, this was many years ago at that time I was a flower child working for the Georgia Straight (hippee yippee magazine). I came to admire Pierre as he did not care about the media and lifted that finger right at and on camera … this was an eye opener and I started to look at the Liberal Party and before you know it I signed up and volunteered – I was also NDP for a few years when Broadbent took care of the NDP (amazing guy other than Dave Barrett former Premier in BC here I worked for and I respect Broadbent more than any other politician I have personally known and I have known a few) – then when Chretien came back I switched back to the Fiberal’s as I have always admired the attack dog for the PM as this is a tough job .. just ask Van Loan!

  35. I think so. If I had, for example, said that I was spoon fed right-wing doctrine, said I supported Harper, and then said that I though it was impossible to govern Canada by extremes, that would be a fair inference to draw. But as I said that I was spoon fed extreme-left doctrine and support Dion, I think it’s safe to say that I consider Harper extreme and Dion to be a moderate centre-left politician.

  36. ” then when Chretien came back I switched back to the Fiberal’s as I have always admired the attack dog for the PM as this is a tough job .. just ask Van Loan!”

    Ok. I get it now. You are into bullies. And for disclosure’s sake, the next election will be the first one where I will be voting LPC and Dion is the reason why I switched from the NDP.

  37. Sophie, got it.

  38. Iggy was a Martinite? Are you kidding me? No one on any campaign would touch the Martinites during the last leadership campaign, least of all Ignatieff. If anything – big if – Ignatieff’s braintrust came perhaps more from Manley’s and Allan Rock’s leadership campaigns more than anywhere else.

    Maybe you could argue that Dion was a Martinite since the head of his campaign was Martin’s BC chief, but that is stretching things.

    Despite what the media tried to portray (and some leadership campaigns), really the only entrails left from the Chretien vs. Turner, Martin vs. Chretien wars during the last campaign were the senior Chretien organizer team (John Rae, Eddie Goldenberg, etc.) behind Bob Rae, but I wouldn’t even go so far as to say Rae was in the “Chretien” camp even though most of his top organizers were.

  39. I didn;t mean that he was s upporter, I meant he was idealogical heir.

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