We all know what happened to the last Conservative candidate that dared to speak his mind and tell the truth: Gordon Landon was shown the door when he dared speak the truth about shovel-gate scandal. That makes the on the record comments of Brian Jean, the Conservative MP for Fort McMurray-Athabasca, all the more interesting.
In an interview with his local newspaper, the High Prairie South Peace News (not yet online it seems), not only does Jean predict an early election and describe the current Conservative/NDP coalition as unsustainable, he also distances himself from his own party's negative and misleading attack ads against Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, saying while they seem to work, he doesn't like them. He says he'd rather focus on issues, and so would his constituents.
Someone is going to be getting a call from Senator Finley, methinks. Wonder how long before Jean "gets retired" as well...
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High Prairie South Peace News
Wed Sep 30 2009
By Joe McWilliams
Fort McMurray-Athabasca MP Brian Jean says a federal election is likely sooner, rather than later.
"I don't think it will be that long," says Jean. "I don't think (Liberal Party leader) Michael Ignatieff can back down, and I don't think the NDP can support us for long."
Igantieff recently announced his party plans to force a vote of non-confidence in the House in October. NDP leader Jack Layton followed by saying the Conservatives could count on his party's support - for a price.
"It's an uncomfortable situation," says Jean, adding the considerable ideological gap between the Conservatives and NDP and predicting any alliance between the two would be short-lived.
Jean admits he doesn't like the current attack ads his party is running on TV which call Igantieff's character and motivations into question.
"But they seem to work," he says. "I don't like them, but that's not my job."
Jean adds he's been hearing from constituents who don't like those sort of tactics either - but the number of complaints is probably not above 10.
Jean says he'd rather focus on issues, such as the work his government is trying to do to benefit the economy. Those include the Green Infrastructure Fund, which offers to support non-polluting energy alternatives such as the Mayo B hydro-electric project in The Yukon which the feds recently spent $71 million on. It will reduce The Yukon's dependence on diesel for power generations.
Another big federally-supported green project is in the works, says Jean, with details to be released later.
Jean says there's a direct benefit to Alberta's oilsands industry by reducing greenhouse gas emissions elsewhere. He noted the Greenpeace action at Shell's Albion Sands project that had developed earlier the day he was interviewed.
"If we don't do something, people won't buy our oil."
The Green Infrastructure Fund is evidently one way the federal government hopes to take the heat of environmental protest off the oilsands.