Big story on CTV news last night, during a fire alarm Peter MacKay wore a hat that said "Fly Emirates" and stated his position that he believes we should have granted the UAE airline more landing rights in Toronto. He is entitled to have his opinion, even if I disagree with it. Yet the result of him taking that public position has the media speculating about a caucus revolt. That's what happens when you have "open mike" sessions with MPs. That's why Iggy asked his MPs not to talk to the media about his position on Afghanistan. In our 24 hour news cycle, it allows pundits to create a narrative.
That Peter MacKay would do this given the predictable media response probably suggests that he's leaning towards that private sector job offer. That's too bad, I always liked the guy. After the UAE spat went public, I ran the poll question with my Tory audience about whether or not the UAE should be given more landing rights on Canadian runways. The vote was a tight one, 95% no. I don't think this particular policy position translates into a successful run for party leadership.