We’ve met Canada’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism – Mr. Jason Kenney, on a number of occasions.
We’ve always enjoyed his presence and good sense of humour.
An article published in the Globe and Mail Newspaper earlier in the month suggested that Mr. Kenney is paying a price for his affable good nature and support of the many communities that make up Canada. All those multi-course meals during his course of duties have caught up with him.
Here is a snippet from the Globe:
… some years ago, Mr. Kenney went on a severe diet because he could no longer fit into his suits. Those slim suits have now given way to very big ones, courtesy, one presumes, of all those South Asian and Chinese banquets he’s attended.
The article further reads:
Why Jason Kenney eats Chinese food
by Jeffrey Simpson
From Saturday’s Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Mar. 12, 2011
But the outreach goes beyond South Asians and Chinese, and involves the entire government, not just Mr. Kenney. The Jewish community has been another target, as are the Korean and Polish communities. Muslim/Arab communities and those from the Caribbean and Latin America have received less attention.
It’s impolitic in Conservative circles to breathe a word about a post-Harper party, but, eventually, there’ll be one. And Jason Kenney is a surefire candidate when that time comes. He has a base in Alberta, support among social conservatives, many friends in ethnic communities and a major legislative accomplishment in a long-overdue reform of refugee policy. He’s also learned passable French.
If Mr. Kenney can’t win the Conservative leadership – the party is unlikely to turn to another Albertan – he’s likely to have a decisive say in who does. All those banquets have short- and long-term consequences for the party, and for him.
Please see the Globe and Mail website for the rest of this article.