Thursday, November 18, 2010

Trouble in Paradise. Is Peter Mackay Going Out With a Bang?

After being out of the loop on the Afghan extension, and the unelected Dimitri Soudas playing "Mr. Dressup" as Defence Minister, is Peter Mackay now going to tell us how he really feels.

He clearly blames his government for the spat with the UAE, and apparently John Baird himself.
According to Mr. Proussalidis, Mr. MacKay walked up to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Senator Meighen Wednesday morning after the journalist had
started chatting with the pair. “It was all small talk until Defence Minister Peter MacKay walked up and joined the conversation, wearing a red ‘Fly Emirates’ baseball cap on his head and a grin on his face,” Mr. Proussalidis wrote.

“As I stood with the group, Senator Meighen asked about the cap, and that’s when the conversation became interesting. MacKay joked that he wore the cap for [minister John] Baird,” he wrote. As The Globe and Mail has reported, Mr. Baird, previously federal Transport Minister, lobbied hard against granting UAE carriers, including Emirates, extra landing rights in Canada. He and Mr. MacKay had disagreed on the matter. Mr. MacKay, as The Globehas reported, wanted to grant extra slots at Canadian airports to UAE carriers.
Who wouldn't want to stick it to John Baird, the pompous ass? Good for Mackay.

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