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‘The minister’s signature isn’t on any decision note or anywhere else’


Jason Kenney denies involvement in removing references to same-sex marriage and gay rights from the citizenship guide.

Canada’s immigration minister is apparently denying any role in the removal of references to gay rights from a citizenship study guide released last fall. Asked Wednesday why he blocked any information about same-sex marriage and charter rights protecting sexual orientation, Jason Kenney said: “I did not do such a thing. No, no, you are wrong.” The minister then disappeared into the Conservative caucus room in the Centre Block of Parliament Hill…

Asked about Kenny’s apparent denial, spokesman Alykhan Velshi said Wednesday that “the minister’s signature isn’t on any decision note or anywhere else” in the released documents, suggesting someone else in the minister’s office made the gay-rights decision on his behalf. Velshi was asked last week to explain Kenney’s decision to remove the gay-rights material. He responded that the guide could not be “encyclopedic” — without any indication the minister might not have been responsible for the removal. On Wednesday, Velshi did not respond to further requests for clarification.


‘The minister’s signature isn’t on any decision note or anywhere else’

  1. ''…But a memo to Kenney from bureaucrats at Citizenship and Immigration last June show….''

    And here we were all led to believe that it was Jason Kenney that demanded the gay stuff was written out of the citizenship guide.
    Another 'hide the wafer' from yah all.

    • Do you sign your revision notes, wilson?

      More to the point, either Kenney is lying or his staff is out of control. Either way, he's obviously unfit for the position.

      • How could he be lying? Just because its his job, that he consulted with people before the fact and that he is well known for his social conservative views doesn't mean Kenney would ever try to take action on them. It must be someone else, like that speechwriter dude. Or Lisa Raitt's assistant. Just because he kinda …. ran away from the questioners doesn't suggest guilt, does it? If he is guilty of something, no doubt we'll see a form apology letter filed in a month's time that reveals nothing about what is being apologized for, unless you're a gay/lesbian/transexual from PEI… Of course, this is the government that hides from accountability, after all. That's exactly what wilson supports.

  2. ''By Aaron Wherry – Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Canadian Press discovers that Jason Kenney ordered the removal of references to gay rights and same-sex marriage from the new citizenship guide.''


  3. A-ha, plausible deniability has been achieved!

    Course, ministerial responsibility takes a hit but hey gotta break some eggs if you.re going to make an omelette, right?

    • Plausible deniability only works if it is plausible.

      • Despite your theory, it has been proven quite flawed through the actions of Kenney's so-called leader, the man who supported the idea of people approaching a dying MP with an offer for his vote, was taped saying such an offer existed, and never paid the price…
        perhaps we could call it wilson's law. Unethical acts in absolute denial.

  4. deny deny deny

  5. Leave it out, nobody straight want's to know and the queer population is ignored except for their screaming voice. They want it included, not me. I hope the majority rules.

  6. Sounds like the KAIROS denial. Kenney has no minerals, if he had an iota of principle he would not have denied his actions in both cases. And some Conservatives think he might be leader material.

  7. “the minister's signature isn't on any decision note." And when a lobbyist just "happens" to bump into senior political staff out and about they don't have to report their lobbying as it was an "incidental" meeting.

  8. What a cringing coward Mr. Kenney has turned out to be…If this is the way that the Conservatives choose to communicate with their "base" then their opinion of that base must be pretty damn low.

    The Lord hates a coward, Mr. Kenney.

  9. "suggesting someone else in the minister's office made the gay-rights decision on his behalf"

    It must suck being a Tory staffer, constantly wondering if today is the day you'll be asked to jump off a bridge.

    • "Welcome to your new post in the Ministers' office. You'll find the bus schedule laminated on your desk. Memorize, and prepare yourself to assume a "ready to be thrown under" position at a moments notice."

  10. I didn't do it, nobody saw me do it, you can't prove anything!

    • 'zactly. Nicely demonstrates the maturity of our ministers when they opt for the Bart Simpson defense.

  11. Kenney and his office-mates are all over the map on this one. Look, there's Mark Tewksbury; he's gay, right?. Oops, it was an oversight. We'll correct it in the next edition. Oh, there just wasn't room. No, I didn't have it removed from the text. His signature isn't on anything, man.

    So, let's recap: Access to information request finds that "a memo to Kenney from bureaucrats at Citizenship and Immigration last June show the sections were removed at the request of the minister's office. Another memo to Kenney in August indicates bureaucrats were rebuffed when they made a last-ditch request to have gay rights re-inserted in the guide."

    Damn those pesky bureaucrats and their note keepin'!

    Now he says, “I did not do such a thing. No, no, you are wrong.” His spokesman says his "signature" isn't on anything.

    These guys don't even dissemble well. Thank goodness they're our front door to the rest of the freaking world!

  12. Blaming a staffer will surely make the thing go away. That always works like a charm.

  13. Directive from the PMO; "For God's sake don't write anything down!"

  14. New information coming out that our economy may be much stronger than anticipated.

    Security of employment increasing, stability to everyone's lives becoming more assured. On the lower end it may mean everything, and to the middle class, a chance to catch up.

    But then again, some staffer took out some reference to gay rights in an immigrant manual, so

    Which, around here, is much much more important than all that petty stuff.

    This blog has taken petty sniping to a whole new level.

    • I can't speak for the others, biff, but I will personally make more of an effort to match your elevated tone.

      And if I ever find myself struggling with that I'll take inspiration from people like John Baird and Jason Kenney.

    • All very nice, and all of which has nothing to do with this government, and much more to do with Mark Carney.

    • "Which, around here, is much much more important than all that petty stuff. "

      This isn't petty stuff.

      This minister has been caught on two occasions (Kairos and Citizenship Guide) spinning different stories to different audiences. He is at best a duplicitous sycophant. At worst, he's a bold faced liar.

      Neither is acceptable for a minister of the crown.

  15. "suggesting someone else in the minister's office made the gay-rights decision on his behalf"


    Political Staff

    All ministers, including the Prime Minister, employ political staff in their personal
    offices who are appointed directly by them and not through the staffing process under
    the authority of the Public Service Commission. Political staff are exempt from the
    statutory provisions that govern staffing of the public service. They are not deemed to
    be public servants or departmental officials. They have no authority over a minister's
    departmental official. But they can and do speak for ministers, at times to
    departmental public servants. Staff members from the prime minister's office can
    and do speak for the Prime Minister to public servants throughout the government.
    While these political staff are sometimes called before parliamentary committees,
    they obviously do not have the same relationship to a minister as that of public
    servants. Ministers should be held accountable for everything done by these
    partisan aides. They are appointed by the minister and serve at his or her pleasure.
    Unlike with departmental officials, there are no limitations on the minister's actual
    power over, and thus the responsibility for, her or his political staff. The growth in
    the number of political staff and in their real influence in government complicates
    accountability in so far as ministers are not held fully accountable for them. When
    they are not, as recently seen in Australia, an accountability vacuum emerges.

    -taken from Peter Aucoin and Mark D. Jarvis: Modernizing Government Accountability: A Framework for Reform (2005)


  16. Another example of openness and transparency in government

    open lies about documents signed with disappearing ink.

  17. You're joking, right? The Minister's signature wouldn't be on this. It's not like they use a signed affidavit for this type of thing.
    The orders to remove it came from the Minister's Office (as per documented evidence), that means the orders came from the Minister.
    Even if he hadn't been involved in the original decision (which I'll bet he was), you think he wouldn't have been personally consulted when there was an attempt to reverse the deciision?
    Boy, I guess when you drink the Kool-Aid, it blurs your logic.

  18. 1. An oversight
    2. Not an encyclopedia – not an oversight
    3. Not done by Kenney
    4. Not signed by Kenney
    4. Not all new Canadians are gay-bashers – Kenney's proud of it

    Seriously? Doesn't Alykhan read Macleans on the odd occasion? Hasn't some jr staffer taken note of the whole "Bucket Defense" thing and sent up a quick BN saying "yo, let's not get caught doing this"? Consistency, gentlemen, consistency! If you're consistently opposed to me, politically, logically and reasonably, well I can disagree with you but I can also respect you.