Need to know: Kenney wants Ford to resign -

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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