Thursday, July 21, 2005

Harper willing to fight for little except for Grewal: senior Tories

From Maclean's, Paul Wells reports on the Calgary Stampede and what he heard there:
The love affair between Paul Martin and Calgary -- remember that? -- has faded. For the first time in four years, he didn't show up at the Stampede. But that's old news. The new news is that Stephen Harper is a disappointment too. Over dinner, some senior federal Tories mourned their leader's willingness to fight for very little except Gurmant Grewal. "The sad thing is that the party's looking past Stephen now," one said. "There's no appetite for trying to remove him before an election, but who thinks we can win?"
The opinion of these 'senior federal Tories' confirms my earlier suggestions that the true significance of the Holt letter is that it implies serious Conservative concerns about the way the Grewal affair was handled.