How exactly did the rumour begin that Jean Charest was a possible successor for Stephen Harper? I am curious; the last time Jean succeeded a Tory Prime Minister, how did that work out electorally? This sounds like a rumour that Chantal Hebert would start to try and goad right wingers into taking jabs at Charest, which she can then extrapolate as a vicious personal attack against every French Canadian.
I read today in the Globe and Mail that "Quebec among most highly indebted industrial economies in the world: red ink accounts for 94 per cent of GDP, provincial report says." How many years has Mr. Charest been in charge? Turns out that maybe Charestonomics doesn't balance the books. I have long been a Peter MacKay supporter, but I acknowledge that he is likely no longer electable as party leader. In hindsight, the courtship of Belinda Stronach did not help his political future. Despite left wing speculation, there is no urgent desire on the right to replace the Prime Minister.
Who needs Jean Charest when Joe Clark is still kicking around? Then you have Maxime Bernier write a letter that it is okay to be skeptical of climate change, and suddenly the left is speculating that he's making a run at leadership!? Could it be that he made the speech that Charest has gone rabid on this issue and has been publicly attacking the government? Shouldn't a Tory Minister from Quebec be the one to respond? Because if Jim Prentice suggests that Quebecers may not want to pay massive surcharges when buying a vehicle, Chantal Hebert will accuse him of Quebec bashing. It is insane. I don't think Chantal can accuse Maxime of Quebec bashing for having an opinion that a lot of people agree with.
Come to think of it, I am noticing a sharp increase in left wing wing speculation that there is some sort of pending coup within the Conservative Party. It seems as though they are trying to create speculation that there is a civil war brewing in Tory ranks, when nothing could be further from the truth.