Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s motion, recognizing the Québécois as a nation within Canada, has cost him a cabinet minister.
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Michael Chong, of Turner’s neighbouring riding, Halton Hills, is quitting his post over the motion.
Chong, who also held the minister of sport portfolio, told a lively news conference today that he would be abstaining during the vote, not voting against the motion (which, I gather, would necessitate him resigning outright from the Conservative caucus).
Meanwhile, Gerard Kennedy’s pronounced opposition to the same motion promises to lob a nice wrench into the Liberal leadership convention this weekend. Those Liberals who still worship all things Trudeau will swoon over Kennedy and his celebrity backer, one Justin Trudeau.
Now we can only also hope the Liberals will fall all over one another, as a house divided, regarding the mess in Afghanistan which, tragically, claimed two more Canadian soldiers’ lives today.