Apparently, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has apologized for labeling Thomas Lukaszuk, the deputy premier of Alberta, “a complete and utter a-hole.” And Lukaszuk’s boss, premier Alison Redford wants us to believe that Kenney’s insult amounts to: “there are people who have personalities that do and don’t get along.” And that “there may be the odd time when people have to agree to disagree, but we move beyond those.”
I don’t think so.
First, a turf war that both Ottawa and Edmonton have so far done their best to conceal, is insisting on coming outta the closet. A possible civil war between Harper’s backward-looking Conservative Party of Canada and Alberta’s forward-looking Progressive Conservatives.
Second, there’s very little to agree with when it comes the immigrant-bashing Immigration Minister‘s office.
Third, the email betrays the true nature of Kenney’s office – leaky and incompetent.
The insult on Lukaszuk was conveyed through “leaked e-mail”. A leaked email “originally sent to federal Conservative caucus members.” Sounds familiar? It should.
Early last year Kenney re-hired as aide and policy adviser Kasra Nejatian, a corrupt aide who had used Canadian government stationery to send out a Conservative Party fundraising letter. The the Globe and Mail said of Nejatian then:
Mr. Nejatian broke several rules when he used Mr. Kenney’s MP’s office letterhead for an appeal to Conservative MPs to raise $200,000 for an ad blitz in opposition-held ridings with large ethnic communities.
Intending to send the communication to Conservative MP John Duncan, Nejatian dispatched it to NDP MP, Linda Duncan. A whole world of difference there is between Linda and John, there is. No?