VICTORIA, B.C. — If Jason Kenney’s ears were burning today, perhaps it was because of what Andrew Weaver had to say about him.
Mr. Kenney, as all readers of this blog should know as part of the price of admission, is now premier of Alberta; Dr. Weaver is the leader of British Columbia’s Green Party, which is rather the antithesis of Alberta’s United Conservatives but is influential because its three-member caucus holds the balance of power in the provincial Legislature.
The latter has some thoughts on the former, which will be revealed in this space in the fullness of time – once I have had the opportunity to sit down at a computer larger than a laptop and transcribe a recording. Soon, I promise.
At any rate, it was a delight to meet Dr. Weaver – who is, to paraphrase the way Ted Morton used to describe himself, what Alberta Conservatives should fear most: a climate scientist who is also a successful politician. Dr. Morton, of course, was Alberta’s finance minister under premier Ed Stelmach. He played a key role in driving premier Mr. Stelmach from office and is fairly described as the worst premier Alberta never had.
In the meantime, it turns out, Dr. Weaver and I have a personal connection…