Fundraising note from the Conservatives…
Here are my feelings on travel pieces like this. Both sides put them out and if they don’t journalists basically do the same thing. They used to do these all of the time whenever Stephen Harper went to watch a hockey game and a piece would be written about the costs for the flight, security, and even what he paid for out of his own pocket. It was like it was un-Canadian for a Prime Minister to watch a hockey game.
Now we see it done with the Liberals and it’s just as ridiculous. It’s almost as if no Canadian Prime Minister should ever travel again for any purpose and it is the most Canadian mindset ever. It is almost as if we should be ashamed that our Prime Minister travels and takes in meetings or is asked to events.
Breaking news! Â People were freaked out when Vic Toews talked of jailing 12 and 13 year olds
Carson gives an entertaining picture of Harper’s first few cabinet shuffles, starting with the story of an attempt to move Jim Flaherty from Finance to Industry, and Flaherty’s dramatic refusal to be budged.
He also relates how Harper decided Rona Ambrose was “spending too much time doing other things than looking at her [Environment] portfolio.
“He [Harper] couldn’t understand the media’s interest in the fitness regime of this cabinet minister, and why she would take time away from work to discuss such ‘trivial matters’ with the media,” Carson writes.
The other problem was Vic Toews in the Justice portfolio, says Carson, adding that Toews scared people when he talked of jailing 12- and 13-year olds.
“The prime minister was quite tired of morning meetings where the main topic was Vic Toews going off message,” he writes.