Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Red Tory To Take Green Portfolio

The latest rumour has Harper doing a three way shuffle in January.

Prentice > Environment
Van Loan > Indian Affairs
Ambrose > Intergovernmental Affairs


  • Should be fun to watch Ambrose embarrass herself in another department.

    By Blogger Robert, at 8:47 PM  

  • I wouldn't want it. It's a portfolio that will end a budding politician's career. Hmmmm...maybe it's a red tory trap.

    By Blogger scott, at 10:03 PM  

  • in harper's new world order, there's no such thing as a red tory.

    By Blogger jeff davidson, at 10:07 PM  

  • Does that me Ronanannanana won't be in camera view behind Steve in the New Year?

    THe What Do I Know Grit

    By Blogger James Curran, at 10:51 PM  

  • Great; instead of dropping the ball at Environment, we get Rona trying to manage the fallout from the nation debate at intergovernmental....

    By Blogger Glen, at 12:17 AM  

  • I actually suspect that she will be a lot better in her new portfolio. Unlike in her old one, she does have some experience in the area of her new one.

    By Blogger robedger, at 1:05 AM  

  • Steven Harper's arrogance is one factor in why he does not have good relationships with women. His belief that he is smarter than everyone else is a real turn off.

    He has hung Rona out to dry by deliberately downplaying the environment.

    That was his decision.

    Belinda's decision to cross the floor was preceded by her being verbally castigated by Harper for daring to disagree with him.

    It's going to happen again.

    And women in Canada are going to get the message.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 8:25 AM  

  • I am not sure why everyone assumes that Rona will fail in a new department.

    Dion failed just as miserably in the environment portfolio and he is now leader of the Liberals ! One could argue Dion's failure was worse, as his tenure was much longer than that of Ambrose.

    Ambrose never really had a chance to accomplish anything as minister - environment was not a high priority for the government. Whether or not environment should have been a higher priority is the responsibility of the government as a whole.

    Rona's crime is that she was thrown into a ministry that was not high on the priority list for the government, and suddenly it became a hot-button issue. A seasoned politician would have deflected the heat better.

    Anyway, Ambrose may yet turn out to be a poor minister, but I think it is too early to judge. If we are to judge Ambrose by her brief tenure in Environment and apply the same standard to Dion, the future does not bode well for Mr. Dion.

    By Blogger Paul_S, at 10:16 AM  

  • Woot! Go JP!

    And good luck =D

    By Blogger Technetium, at 12:44 PM  

  • I heard Bernier in enviro.
    Might help Harpers QC numbers!

    By Blogger WestmountLiberal, at 12:54 PM  

  • Ambrose and Chong were put in the wrong ministries from the start, they should have been switched. Like Chretiens first cabinet, Harper needed to do some tinkering.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 1:38 PM  

  • Well, its easy to say Ambrose did badly retrospectively but hindsight is 20-20. She did extremely well as an opposition member and it was expected that would translate well into her new role and she was given something high profile. Sometimes it simply doesn't work out.

    By Blogger Chris, at 3:40 PM  

  • I believe that Ambrose worked as an policy analyst for the Alberta Intergov't Affairs Dept before she was elected in 2004.

    By Blogger daveberta, at 4:50 PM  

  • No illwill from against Rona Ambrose - in fact, I think she's done a pretty okay job for 10/11 months. I'm not dissatisfied, I guess. I think she'll do well in Intergovernmental.

    I don't know much about Prentiss to really give a worthwhile comment - sure hope he turns out good, though.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 6:28 PM  

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