This week I had the chance to sit down and have a chat with Jason Kenney, the new Secretary of State for Multiculturalism. Kenney has been working multicultural outreach for the Prime Minister for quite some time and it was good to see Mr. Harper make it official last week.
In the interview we chat about the difference between the Liberal and Conservative approach to multicultural outreach, the Wajid Khan defection and more.
I was delighted to chat with Senator Marjory LeBreton the other day. I’ve heard from many people that Senator LeBreton is perhaps the nicest and most gracious person that one could ever meet in Ottawa and I’m happy to report that from our first meeting, that she is indeed deserving of those kind words.
Although it’s a great place to start, the senator cannot be summed in full by her kindness; LeBreton has an extensive list of achievements that sets the bar high for anyone in Ottawa’s political class. Lebreton is the leader of the government in the Senate of Canada and was recently appointed by Prime Minister Harper to take on the role of Secretary of State for Seniors. A close friend and confidante of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Senator Lebreton has also taken on the task of being a close and trusted adviser of Prime Minister Harper.
After the interview, she joked that what really clinched her full support of Stephen Harper was when she found out that he was a cat person.
In this video, I chat with NDP MP Peter Julian and find some common ground against our common foe. Video taken at the 2006 Liberal leadership convention. We also discuss the “NDP dilemma” of growth. Julian says it may come from capturing part of the 40% that doesn’t vote. I’m not so sure about that strategy.
I ended up at the sparsely attended late night Kennedy hospitality event last and had a chance to meet him. This weekend Kennedy was the kingmaker as he backed Stephane Dion which essentially helped secure his victory for leadership.
Tasha asks Kennedy why he backed Dion and kind of gets an answer.
Martha Hall Findlay was an impressive candidate for Liberal leadership. As a conservative, we have fundamental differences on policy but I think that she deserved much more respect (read votes) than she got at the convention.