Jason Kenney seems to be stepping on his leader's position. Harper said yesterday that Canadians don't want an election and feigned earnest intention to focus on the economy. Well somebody doesn't seem to be listening, otherwise he'd follow dear leader's instructions to seriously get down to work and avoid that supposedly frightening election.
What we have instead is Jason Kenney either striking a very hard bargaining position with the NDP...or he's being candid, the Conservatives, contrary to Mr. Harper's public statements, really do want an election. And knowing Mr. Harper, with his record of saying one thing and doing another, well, it's all quite hard for the Canadian people to keep up with.
Thankfully, I'm on the team that has clarity in all this.
Update (4:25 p.m.): From CP this afternoon, Mr. Harper may not be so earnest after all:
Privately, Liberal strategists doubt either the NDP or the Bloc will agree to prop up Harper, something the two parties' core supporters are likely to perceive as "a deal with the devil."You just can't trust Stephen Harper...where have I heard that melody before...
Instead, they suspect Harper will provoke his own defeat by introducing a ways and means motion - implementing aspects of last January's budget, including the popular home renovation tax credit - as soon as Parliament resumes on Sept. 14.
Such motions are automatically deemed confidence votes.