Alberta’s provincial election hasn’t even been called and already much can be said about it. Firstly, it’s going to get nastier and, secondly, the chances of it being earlier than May is getting slimmer by the day as more NDP MLAs are jumping the NDP government’s sinking ship — two on Monday alone.
First, we’ll deal with the nasty stuff. Bizarrely, Kyle Morrow, an Ottawa lawyer and failed federal Liberal candidate, posted the address of Jason Kenney’s frail, widowed mother online for the world to see and even sent out a tweet with the floor plan of the 80-year-old woman’s former bungalow, which he has since deleted.
It appears that Morrow, 27, has been digging for a long time into Kenney’s living arrangements, saying that because Kenney spent more time in Ottawa than he did in Calgary while he was a senior cabinet minister in Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, it was wrong for him to claim the parliamentary housing allowance for his apartment in Ottawa.
It’s an absurd statement, one that would unfairly penalize cabinet ministers who by necessity need to spend more time in Ottawa and travelling the country and/or world than they can spend in their home riding. It’s something constituents and most reasonable Canadians accept of an MP who gets a senior portfolio, as Kenney had.
Morrow questioned why Kenney’s address at one point was at his mother’s standalone bungalow at a senior’s village. The answer? She had been widowed so he moved in with her to provide support and companionship when he was in Calgary.
The documents posted by Morrow show Kenney collected secondary residence subsidies for his accommodations in Ottawa between 2012 and 2015 of about $10,000 per year, while his mother’s standalone home in Calgary was listed as his address with Elections Canada.
The online sniping seems to indicate that some twisted folk think an adult son helping his elderly mother is worthy of derision. It’s sick.