Another incident shows a bitter divide between the federal Conservatives and the Alberta Progressive Conservatives. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney wrote in an email to a provincial chairman that Alberta Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk is an "a--hole"
During Alberta’s election in April, a number of Conservative Members of Parliament supported Danielle Smith’s Wildrose Party and appeared to have abandoned Premier Alison Redford and her Progressive Conservatives.
Is there tension, animosity and resentment between Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and Alberta’s PCs? If Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s email is any indication, there still could be.
Kenney was writing in response to an email sent from the office of MP Blaine Calkins, the chairman of the federal Conservatives’ Alberta caucus, which asks if Kenney and other Alberta MPs would meet with Alberta Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk since Calkins would not be able to attend the meeting, according to the Calgary Herald.
What appears to have been an error of hitting the “reply all” button, the Calgary Southeast MP replied to the 26-member federal Alberta Caucus and assistants.
“I say a definite ‘no’ to Lukaszyk [sic]. I don’t think it makes sense to create a precedent to do a special caucus meeting for every visiting minister from the provincial government. Plus he is a complete and utter a—hole.”
Lukaszuk later said he had nothing but positive feelings toward Kenney and “I have nothing negative to say about him.” He added that he would not seek an apology and will not worry about Kenney’s choice of words.
Kenney’s staff, Calkins’s office and the Prime Minister’s Office have decided not to comment on the situation. Alexis Pavlich, Kenney’s press secretary, told Postmedia News, “We do not comment on private communications."
A similar incident occurred three years ago when Toronto’s applied for funds from the federal government’s $4 billion infrastructure stimulus. Then Transportation Minister John Baird dismissed the city’s request for federal money.
“2,700 people got it right. They didn't. That is not a partnership and they're bitching at us,” said Baird. “They should f--- off.”