Stay Classy Jason Kenney

In the words of Pierre Trudeau, Alberta’s deputy premier has been called worse things by better people.

OTTAWA — Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, after repeatedly refusing to apologize Tuesday in the House of Commons for calling Alberta’s deputy premier Tom Lukaszuk an “asshole,” phoned the Alberta minister after question period to say he’s sorry for the insult.

His apology came after a raucous session of question period where opposition MPs blasted the federal immigration minister for his comment contained in an email last week.

Kenney’s remarks were “so offensive that the rules of this House prevent me from repeating them,” Alberta’s sole New Democrat MP, Linda Duncan, said during question period.

“Given that his reprehensible comments are now public, will the minister of citizenship and immigration take this opportunity to apologize to Mr. Lukaszuk?”

That’s right, folks. That’s your government at work.

By the way, this guy was in town yesterday. I wonder why the Leader-Post didn’t ask him what he’s doing for Pride Week.

That would have been more of a news story than what Tom did announce.

Author: Stephen LaRose

2006 winner of the Canadian Association of University Teachers’s Award of Excellence in Journalism for a bunch of prairie dog stuff. Invited into the best homes in Regina. Once.

5 thoughts on “Stay Classy Jason Kenney”

  1. I was all excited to read about this new development in little old Regina. Until I read that instead of hundreds of jobs,there will be 16 positions. 16? The federal government should have hired a marching band for this major announcement. This will be a major boon to the Regina economy. Thank you Stephen for the glut of jobs for Regina. How can we ever thank you? I am forever in your debt…..NOT

  2. I actually have a bit of sympathy for Tom Lukiwski, believe it or not. I don’t in any way condone his statements, but I’d urge people to think a bit about the time those statements were made. It’s hard to remember now just how much attitudes have changes in just twenty years. I prefer to judge him on where he’s at now — which is apologizing repeatedly and without reservation for making those statements and apparently counting among his closest friends in the federal caucus a gay MP. I’m fairly certain that, at one point or another, we’ve all made unfortunate and hurtful remarks about one group or another (don’t get me started on rednecks). Two basic differences: 1) usually there isn’t a camera around and 2) most of us aren’t MPs.

  3. If Lukiwski hadn’t opened his big, fat yap in the house of commons (or maybe it was a HOC committee?) about how gay people shouldn’t be allowed to marry (In, I think 2004? It’s on Google somewhere), I would’ve cut him slack because Gordeaux’s right — people do say stupid things in the past and we shouldn’t be insane about it.

    But Lukiwski DID stand up against same-sex marriage rights when it mattered, and he hasn’t done anywhere near enough to make amends. So I endorse Rosie’s pot-shot.

  4. It was 2005. And it was in the HOC. And during his address he said that legalizing gay marriage was a slippery slope to legalized polygamy.

    And let’s not forget that on that 1991 tape, he didn’t say “I think homosexuality is gross and ungodly.” He said that homosexuals have dirt under their fingernails and transmit disease. That’s many steps further along the road to damnation.

    Personally, I’d be more willing to forgive the guy if he showed up at a Pride parade or two. Preferably in drag.

    I think penance can be a good and healthy thing in situations like this.

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