Jason Kenny is going home to Alberta. What's that mean? Michael den Tandt writes:
One possible answer is that Kenney has already been there, done that, having effectively put Harper over the top in 2011 with his tireless outreach to new Canadians (the former PM gave partial credit for the victory to Kenney, explicitly, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal in September of 2014). Another is that Kenney may be bored, at 48, and craving a big new challenge. And a third reason — perhaps the key for an ambitious, driven man such as this — may be that he doesn’t believe the Conservatives can defeat Trudeau in 2019, regardless of who leads them. If the Liberals are in for the long haul, say two consecutive majorities, he’d be years cooling his heels on the back benches in the prime of his political life.
Consider what has happened to the Harper Party in the last two years:
And here’s where all that gets us: Stephen Harper’s perennial ministerial heavyweights, in no particular order, were Flaherty, John Baird, James Moore, Jason Kenney and Peter MacKay. With all five gone (MacKay may yet declare for federal leader but has not done so) and Harper himself, of course, gone, the party truly has entered uncharted territory.
The party which once ruled with an iron fist will be wandering in the desert for quite awhile. And there's no Moses in sight.