Our parliament is getting a bad reputation. I always considered Michelle Rempel Garner the exception to the rule on the conservative side of the house. She has always been picked by the media for having a great career ahead of her. The trouble is that potential seems to be eluding her.
Maybe we always thought of her as being tougher than she is. In Calgary from where she comes from to parliament, politics is considered a blood sport.
When we thought that she would be ready for a run at the leadership of her party this time, Rempel Garner opted to co-chair Patrick Brown’s campaign. With most of her fellow MPs supporting Pierre Poilievre, that came as something of a surprise. Brown is, at best, a small-time retail politician. His recent foray into the leadership of the Ontario conservatives could only be considered a farce. I think she finally figured out that Brown was only in the current federal race as a stalking horse for Jean Charest.
Yet when she got up the nerve to jump ship on Brown, her excuse was that she wanted to test the waters for herself in the current Alberta conservative leadership contest. Talk about toxic environments, the current leadership free-for-all developing among Alberta conservatives should be put together as a circus act. All they are missing are the high flyers in tights far above the crowds.
Meanwhile, back in Ottawa, Rempel Garner says it is another toxic environment. She complains about squabbles erupting on national media, public meltdowns, tensions that could possibly lead to physical fights and leaked recordings and e-mails. What they really need in a national leader is the ability to restore order in the caucus—and they might need more than a whip and a chair to do the job.
She is concerned about the workplace environment in the house of commons. She is particularly wary of the Reform Act that was used by the conservative caucus to remove Erin O’Toole from the conservative leadership. She obviously does not want it used to remove her from the caucus. It is likely that she is concerned that Pierre Poilievre might win the leadership. She is one of the few elected politicians in the house with a degree in economics. MP Pierre Poilievre certainly doesn’t.
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