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One might have expected streamers and champagne Thursday afternoon when PC leader Jason Kenney and his Wildrose counterpart Brian Jean finally took to their podiums to announce their merger deal (having kept the room waiting for 20 minutes). But the impression left was not one of overt jubilation—well, certainly not on the Tory side.
Kenney, 48, looked downright miserable: the pudgy face drooped, the rounded shoulders slumped, and those small brown eyes, usually bright as bullets, were brimming with tears—and not the joyful kind.
Jean on the other hand… Well, here’s a man whose tear ducts can be activated at the flick of a political switch, and someone who admits to being nervous to the point of nausea when speaking in public, no matter how many hundred times the former MP has performed. And yet on Thursday neither proclivity was present.
A head taller than Kenney, 40 pounds lighter, and tanned from his thrice weekly 7-km runs, the Wildrose leader was chipper—cocky even—and completely at ease. The alpha pooch to Jason’s rescue dog.
The disparity of miens seemed odd. Had Kenney just received news of a family tragedy? A break-up text from a boyfriend? A cancer diagnosis?Our apologies if any of those things apply, but our suspicion is that Brian had laid a beating on Jason—contractually speaking, of course—and that the realization had just sunk in...
When interim Conservative Party of Canada Leader Rona Ambrose, 48, announced on Tuesday that she would be quitting her Sturgeon River-Parkland seat, the timing seemed synchronistic, auspicious even. For Rona’s reveal came just two days before the Wildrose and the PCs announced their merger agreement.
Good news, it seemed, for those conservatives who’d been hoping the popular MP, with the mischievous twinkle and the Elvira coif, would stand for the leadership for the United Conservative Party. After all, various unofficial polls, like the phone-in survey conducted by CHED talk radio host Ryan, had Rona pulling twice the percentages of either Jason Kenney or Brian Jean.
After all, what better Conservative to take on Rachel Notley than an attractive former federal cabinet minister with feminist credentials—as Status of Women Minister she led the campaign to convince the United Nations to create an International Day of the Girl—whose stint as Opposition Leader had earned plaudits from all sides of the House?
But the Ambrosial dreams were dashed on Thursday when Global News’ Ottawa reporter (and former Alberta Leg. Press Gallery member) Vassy Kapelos asked the lady if she were interested…