Friday, February 13, 2015

Harper Spokesman Bails

Harper spokesman, Jason MacDonald, is out.  MacDonald is hightailing it to p.r. firm Hill & Knowlton.  17-months on the job, MacDonald is 8th to hold the job since Harper came to power.  He can be added to the other recent departures, John Baird and Eve Adams,  as possible telltales that something is up.

Nicely tucked into the late Friday afternoon news cycle.


Lorne said...

i just read the story, and all I can say is you couldn't have picked a better picture to accompany the post, Mound.

Anonymous said...

Great graphic Mound. Trouble in paradise. Maybe Steve will swap out his current short pants for the newly unemployed Sun TV short pants.

The Mound of Sound said...

Yes, when I found the graphic I just knew it was PERFECT. :)

kpn said...

Totally agree with Lorne.

Pamela Mac Neil said...

Along with jumping ship Mound it would be great to see a mutiny. I agree that something is up. I wonder if it's connected to the Duffy trial coming up in April.

The Mound of Sound said...

Pamela, I doubt we'll see a mutiny of the sort faced this week by Tony Abbott because Harper's numbers haven't cratered and there's really no natural successor in the wings (although I've heard that Jean Charest has an active organization).

Jason Kenney raises too many unanswered questions for the social conservative base. Baird is gone but same problem. MacKay has too often revealed the limits of his abilities. Prentice has taken Alberta. There's just not much depth in the Tory caucus and Harper hasn't groomed his successor.

I suspect even most thinking Tories realize they'll need a term or two out of office to purge their party of the excesses of Harperism and rebuild it, probably more along Progressive Conservative lines.

As for Duffy, everyone is holding his cards very close to his chest. Duffy says he won't settle, won't take a plea bargain. I'm told he really believes he can beat the charges. Harper, meanwhile, acts as though he's confident he can ride out whatever storms the trial generates for the prime minister and his party. Of course what would be his alternative - panic, open flight?

It's certainly an unusual time, even with a general election just months away. It could turn seismic. We'll just have to watch and listen.