Chantal Hebert says the social conservatives in the Harper government are fed up.
Some Conservative MPs are apparently getting tired of barking only at the command of their master’s minions.
The issue is a sensitive one for the government. It has earned a well-deserved reputation for taking no prisoners in the House of Commons.
[Mark]Warawa’s challenge also comes right on the heels of a just-as-rare breach in cabinet solidarity.
Last week, small business minister Maxime Bernier broke ranks with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty over the appropriateness of leaning on the banks to keep mortgage rates up.
Bernier has always been a bit of a maverick but he is popular among the party’s libertarian wing and has a larger following than any Quebec minister.
The social conservative MPs who went to the barricades for the right to speak their minds this week have an even more influential soulmate in the senior ranks of the cabinet.
Last fall, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney voted against the prime minister on a motion calling for a parliamentary examination of fetal rights.
Maybe they could call it the Neo-Alliance Party or the No-Abortion Party. We could call them the Nappers or perhaps the Nappies.