Shall we assume that Gordon and Colin are not following advice written last night at In-Sights? Second Assistant Minister of Dirt Bill Bennett today was tossed from Gordon Campbell’s Cabinet. This is a decision the Premier is not claiming as his own. Unlike HST or the $2 billion tax cut, he says this was a collective choice of all Ministers. Sure.
Deputy Premier Hansen says, with faux excitement, the leadership campaign will allow Liberals to explore new directions and new policies. However, he notes that candidates from Cabinet had better not vary from old directions and old policies. Kevin Falcon says this is not a problem; he doesn’t have any new ideas. George Abbot is not so sure. The dynamic Education Minister, third in that important position during the past 17 months, intends to resign Cabinet if he runs for leader. He will decide next March.
Hansen claimed that Bennett was the only person in Cabinet troubled by Campbell staying on. He talks about traditions of solidarity and cabinet confidentiality. However, he does not understand the principles. For example, if Hansen believes that all Cabinet discussions are confidential, why does he claim that Bennett was the only Minister troubled by Campbell’s personal decision to stay in office. Isn’t that confidential?
Tradition requires that solidarity is maintained for all decisions of Cabinet. Bennett was fired not for arguing with a Cabinet decision but for suggesting that Campbell’s continuation would constrain leadership candidates. Kevin Falcon expressed the opposite thought. Neither was disputing a Cabinet decision.