Jason Kenney needs no provocation to trumpet the success of his United Conservative Party. He’ll even use allegations of crooked behaviour in a party nomination fight.
Asked about these charges, rising from the Calgary-East nomination, Kenney suggested it’s the price of great political success.
With a lot of people running for many nominations and a whiff of power in the air, you’re bound to get a bad apple or two, right?
Kenney could win the dreidel contest at a Hanukkah party. He’s a great spinner.
But his argument also happens to be true, in a general way. The average grifter is not drawn to the thought of four years in opposition.
Kenney said the party’s executive director, Janice Harrington, is investigating the allegations about the Calgary East nomination. The party’s legal counsel is also involved.
“One sanction is to remove the candidate,” Kenney said.
Harrington isn’t talking, but we know the party has been aware of the charges for some time and hoped they could be resolved without all this messy publicity.
But the allegations leaked in Postmedia on Thursday. They came with two sworn affidavits from people who say they were approached by campaigners for eventual winner Peter Singh, and offered inducements to vote for him at the nomination meeting.