Saturday, April 09, 2011

Tories questioned in House about Faytene Kryskow's 4MyCanada

[Posted at Bene Diction Blogs On Feb 14, 2011]

Faytene Krskow also fielded the sort of attention in Parliament that she might not want last week.

Last Friday, Bloc MP Mario LaFramboise asked how and why Faytene, the head of "a powerful evangelical group that lobbies members of the Conservative government, has received privileged access to Parliament thanks to an exclusive security card, a sort of VIP pass".

Tory cabinet minister John Baird deflected the question by saying that "the government meets with literally thousands of people every year to hear their ideas and suggestions on how we can build a better and stronger Canada. Just in the last few months, I have had the great privilege to meet with Jewish groups, Sikh groups, Muslim groups, Hindu groups and, I want to say something remarkable, I have even met with a few Christian groups myself."

Thanks from me to the conservative blog "No Apologies", which records the exchange in the House of Commons.

While No Apologies sees this as possible anti-Christian bias, on behalf of the Bloc, a different observation first came to my mind.

If Faytene Kryskow is starting to make it into Hansard, will she start to be seen as radioactive by the Tories? Will the Tories decide that the grief that they field about her is not worth the support she can lend? Will MPs start to get the quiet word to send her to Coventry?

Given that Stephen Harper told his cabinet ministers to vote against Roxanne's Law, maybe they might be having second thoughts about being friendly towards social conservatives.