Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Run away

Jason Kenney demonstrates how to issue an unconvincing denial. Pay attention, budding politicians, this is what not to do:
Asked Wednesday why he blocked any information about same-sex marriage and charter rights protecting sexual orientation, Jason Kenney said: "I did not do such a thing. No, no, you are wrong."

The minister then disappeared into the Conservative caucus room in the Centre Block of Parliament Hill.
No explanation on the fact that the initial guide had references to gay rights yet Canadian Press has a memo stating that Kenney's office had those sections removed. Here's the comical spin from Kenney's guy:
Asked about Kenny's apparent denial, spokesman Alykhan Velshi said Wednesday that "the minister's signature isn't on any decision note or anywhere else" in the released documents, suggesting someone else in the minister's office made the gay-rights decision on his behalf.
Recall that Kenney's spokesman Velshi has a questionable reliability record which should always be factored in when he responds on behalf of his minister. So Velshi is essentially telling us that Kenney apparently doesn't know what's going on in his office, that's today's excuse.

Also becoming clear throughout this reporting, Kenney's office has been stringing along at least one gay rights group that has been in contact with his office over the content of this guide.

Kenney should just have the courage of his convictions and say it loud and proud, spare us all the cover and spin. Conservative ally Charles McVety's not afraid to speak his mind, he fully supports the government's actions:
Charles McVety, the president of Canada Christian College and an opponent of same-sex marriage, supports Kenney’s action.

“The gay and lesbian community is trying to force themselves on all new Canadians. I don’t see that as positive, I see that as negative. I don’t see how that is constructive to building a country that respects everyone,” he said.
The documents speak to what's gone on here, the Conservatives didn't want gay rights in the guide and they succeeded in keeping mentions out. Kenney's run and hide denial doesn't nearly explain that away, he and his spokesman are just vacillating among excuses now.