Like the big dog he is, Jason Kenney barks his way into a federal leadership race

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is the big dog of the political right. When he barks, Conservatives sit up and take notice.

He barked when he darted into the middle of the federal Conservative leadership race last week, wagging his tail approvingly at candidate Erin O’Toole and (if you will permit the analogy) lifting his leg on the front-runner, Peter MacKay.

It is unusual for a provincial premier to openly endorse a candidate for their party’s national leadership. To my knowledge, it is unprecedented for a premier to publicly diss that candidate’s principal opponent.

Justin faces issues that seem pale in comparison with challenges his dad met

Nobody promised him a rose garden and Justin Trudeau had to know what he was getting into when he set out to become prime minister.

Having been raised at 24 Sussex Drive, he had witnessed, close up, the pressures on his father as he confronted a succession of major issues that make the woes piling up on Justin’s desk today look, if not like child’s play, at least like issues that a determined government should be able to manage with common sense and goodwill, reinforced by a measure of political muscle.

It is not so easy to be a billionaire in politics, is it, Mr. Bloomberg?

Mr. Michael Bloomberg,
19 East 79th St.
New York, NY

My Dear Mr. Bloomberg,

You don’t know me, but I beg you to accept my sincere sympathies for the terrible mauling you suffered in last Wednesday’s debate of Democratic presidential candidates in Las Vegas.

Get ready to endure “Four More Years!” – of Donald Trump

Donald Trump is on a roll.

He came out of Impeachment Week stronger than he went in. His party of bootlickers is thoroughly in his thrall. His opponents are at sixes and sevens.  His base is hardening. His poll numbers are up. He skillfully and cynically – with a mix of outright lies and distortions – turned his State of the Union address into a campaign rally, complete with chants of “Four More Years” from his Republican lickspittles in Congress.

The Democrats are seeking their own old white male to defeat Donald Trump

Canada’s Conservatives and the Democrats south of the border have two things in common, aside from being on the outside looking in.

First, both parties are lost, confused about their identity and unsure which way to turn find the path to power.

Second, both parties, although defeated, actually won the popular vote in their last elections – yet neither has any confidence that the leader they are about to choose will lead them to victory.

They broke the mold when they made John Crosbie

John Carnell Crosbie, who died at 88 in St. John’s at the end of last week, was not a politician like the others – not like any other I have ever come across.

He was very smart, witty, opinionated, at times outrageous, sarcastic, chauvinistic, and contemptuous of those among his fellow politicians who got ahead by going with the flow. Crosbie was not a “going with the flow” sort. He was his own person, an independent thinker and unpredictable performer, fearless (or foolhardy) when it came to spurning political correctness.  

Running shoes for Charest? A draft for Harper?

There is nothing like a leadership race to stir the blood of political practitioners and start their adrenalin pumping, to ignite the latent ambition of newbies, and to cause oldsters to revive dormant dreams of leadership glory.

It’s like that in the federal Conservative party as 2020 begins.

Behold brave Horatius Ford at the Bridge!

Premier Doug Ford,
Queen’s Park,

My Very Dear Premier Ford,

I fear I have neglected you terribly. When you scored your historic victory back on June 7, 2018, punting the evil Liberals into outer darkness and restoring democracy and good government to our province, I promised to provide you with regular readings from the applause meters we have installed across Ford Nation.

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