Informative, enlightening, irreverent, witty, and occasionally profane, Insight has, for more than 30 years, become essential weekly reading for hundreds of people working in and around government in Alberta.
Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.
It is the wise male politician who observes the following dictum: when hiring a female assistant or constituency manager, pick a matronly grandmother type and reject at all costs the young and pulchritudinous candidates. By following this rule, the honorable member not only avoids making his wife suspicious when he’s working late or out of town, but he also forestalls any temptation in his imperfect, male self to, er, reach out in an unwanted manner following, say, the second bottle of wine at a “working dinner.”
Evidently, federal Liberal MP Darshan Kang, 66, (Calgary Skyview), failed to practice such prophylactic personnel practices. During his time as provincial Liberal MLA (Calgary-McCall, 2008-15), the affable, turbanned Sikh immigrant, a former welder and realtor, hired the lovely young daughter of Sikh friend (now an ex-friend) to run his Calgary constituency office.
The unnamed woman, now 25, stayed on after Kang was elected to federal office in Oct. 2015. But in June she filed a sexual harassment complaint…
We finally figured out why Jason Kenney looked teary and crestfallen while Wildrose Leader Brian Jean appeared cocky when the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose leader ssigned their historic merger agreement on May 18. (Insight May 19). As with so many things, it was about money.
According to Kenney’s “five-point plan” for the new party—the one touted throughout his successful PC leadership campaign—once the members had voted to unite, the fledgling party would hold a founding general meeting of members in the fall. UCP Delegates would elect executive officers, ratify a constitution, and thrash out a policy platform. The horses thus placed, the UCP members could then choose their cart—i.e. elect a leader.
But in the negotiations leading up to the May 18 agreement, Jean’s Wildrose team were adamant that the cart be put before the horse: the leadership contest was to take place in the fall, and the founding AGM to in February or March. Jean’s official logic for this: the sneaky NDP, taking advantage of UCP’s leaderless state, might call a snap general election.Unofficially, however, this chronological reversal gave Jean a strategic advantage in his campaign to become leader of the new party…