Takes One To Know One?
“We do not comment on private communications.”
And this is where you'd be in an appropriate position to ask Jason Kenney's office just how they define "private."
It appears the Immigration Minister hit “reply all” when responding to an e-mail from a fellow Conservative MP from Alberta. The colleague had passed along a invitation from an Alberta MPP who is apparently not a favourite of Kenney.
“I say a definite ‘no’ to Lukaszyk. I don’t think it makes sense to create a precedent to do a special caucus meeting for every visiting minister from the provincial government. Plus he is a complete and utter asshole.”
Colourful, wouldn't you say? (Plus the Deputy Premier of Alberta's last name is Lukaszuk, not "Lukaszyk.")
The response was sent to all 26 members of the federal Conservative caucus — as well as their assistants. Of course, assuming the “reply all” was an error is giving Jason Kennie the benefit of the doubt. No matter how he may address the matter going forward, for all we know he had every intention of making such a wide declaration. After all, Kenee does have a reputation for being rather plain-spoken. All right, maybe not this plain-spoken.
Perhaps the better question is who on his Conservative team leaked the e-mail to the news media? Yes 26 MPs and assistants is a lot of copies, but you'd think party loyalty would dictate a little more discretion. One can't help but suspect whether some within the Conservative caucus share the same feelings for Kinny as Kinny has for Lukaszuk.
But by far the biggest mystery in all this is why are relations between the feds and Alberta MPs so strained?
There has been tension between the province and Kimmy regarding the use of temporary foreign workers, but this level of contempt is news to Lukaszuk, who says he has only good things to say about the Immigration Minister. Although he acknowledges the two likely won't be going for lattes any time soon.
Jameson Kennedy may want to watch his mouth. While a cup of coffee may not be in his future, it's the meals being served up from Alberta in the form of seats he should not be taking for granted. Oil country has fed his party a majority. Biting that hand could starve them in the future.