Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Jason Kenney's very politicized Immigration Ministry part II

Seen today, and now picked up by Canadian Press, a Minister's award bestowed by Jason Kenney on a restaurant that is emblazoned with a large Conservative Party of Canada watermark:

The restaurant's website carries a copy of the award. The award presentation.

The fusing of the two interests, the government of Canada with the Conservative party is unmistakable. Kenney will likely point to this as a one-off response to a Liberal remark about a Chinese restaurant, an incident referenced in the Canadian Press story. If that's the case, it shouldn't have involved anything to do with his Ministry. Nor should it have involved the PMO, as this report indicates:
The unidentified CCCA member, however, said the group actually had been contacted by the PMO with suggested "talking points" and asked to hold the press conference.
Yuan said he proposed that the Tories take advantage of the situation and visit restaurant owner Sam Fung. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, Ottawa-area MP Pierre Poilievre and Vancouver MP Alice Wong all trooped out to Yang Sheng for a photo op. Fung confirmed Kenney presented him with a "Minister's Award of Excellence" with the Conservative party logo.
It's becoming clearer that Kenney has difficulty keeping track of which hat - Minister or party organizer - that he should be wearing at any given moment. This is the problem when snowballs start to roll...

Update (7:30 p.m.): See also BCL, PostMedia.

Update (8:00 p.m.): See the Jurist today for more context on the genesis of the Conservative "ethnic targeting strategy."