Jim Prentice just announced he is quitting the Harper Cabinet effective immediately and his role as MP by year end.
I know Jim Prentice is one of the most talented, capable and progressive members of the Harper front bench. I have know Jim for years from when he was a young lawyer. We were on opposite sides of the Oldman River Dam project) We also were members of the now defunct federal Progressive Conservative Party (defunct thx to the lack of personal integrity, honesty and accountability of Peter McKay). I supported Jim's bid as leader of the federal PC Party at one time.
I am not surprised that he is quitting the Harper government but I'm betting Harper is. The autocratic leadership style of Prime Minister Harper inside his party, the CPC caucus and his Cabinet as well as the federal public service is not the kind of servant-leader politician Jim Prentice would want to serve for very long.
Politics is in Jim's blood but my betting is he got tired of having to bite his tongue all the time as a Harper Cabinet Minister. It must be difficult for a man of integrity like Prentice to deal with the hypocrisy that is so central to Stephen Harper's totalitarian approach to governance. Add the mean-spirited approach to politics and the lack of respect and intimidation management of the PM and the PMO with the bureaucracy - enough is enough. Prentice's time to do the right thing for himself had come. Ironically his departure could cause enough of stir up the sheeple in the Harper Cabinet and Caucus. That would be good for Canada.
So thank you Jim Prentice and family too for the years of dedicated public service. Thank you too for your timing and the swiftness of your departure. I know you will officially reject any such allegations and observations regarding the circumstances of your departure, especially of the kind I reference here. But the reality is the public is not stupid. We can read the writing on the wall. We know what is going on and politically correct pro forma denials of the well-founded perceptions will not render them wrong in the public mind.
I hope this is the beginning of the end of the fear and intimidation Harper lords over all in his reach and realm. Canada needs a new leader and a new government. We need servant-leaders who know and respect the proper role of government, namely to protect and empower citizens. We need them to know their place too, namely to have the best interests of the country as paramount. It is time to end the tyranny of the authoritarian belligerent bully we now have as our national "leader."
It is close to election time Canada. Dust off your citizenship and inform yourself on the issues. Then run for public office or encourage quality candidates that align with your values and your vision for our country. It is time for a change.
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