July 25, 2016

At Brian Jean’s townhall: A “hometown hero” talks about uniting the right

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

A lot of Albertans picture Brian Jean as a hometown hero. He was there for his town of Fort McMurray when the wildfires started, refusing to takea spot that an evacuee might need and opting for camping out instead. He lost homes and possessions in that fire, but he persevered.

That’s not the only time that Jean has seen hardship. Soon after he won the leadership race for the Wildrose Party, he lost his son to what he deems the failed Alberta health care system.

I don’t think that any politician knows Alberta better than Brian Jean. Being a business owner, he’s lived through the ups and downs of a struggling economy.

These experiences helped make Jean’s first address in his town hall series in Airdrie the best I have ever heard from him.

He spoke of the health care system being run by bureaucrats, oil pricing, attacks on farms and our energy industry.

Of course, he also talked about uniting the right and how the Progressive Conservatives need to figure out who they are.

The Wildrose Party has out fundraised all political parties in the province by tens of thousands of dollars. It’s going to take some serious convincing to get their membership to the table to form a third party because right now, the Wildrose are here to stay.

(Jean will be hosting his next town hall in Edmonton on July 25 as a part of his summer tour of Alberta.)

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commented 2016-08-29 21:06:03 -0400
Jason Kenny and Alberta would be much better off if he conceded to the Wildrose Party while gaining their total support for him as a candidate for the Federal Conservative Party. In other words, Provincial conservatives need to rally behind the Wildrose Party provincially and Conservative Party federally with full support of members behind Jean and Kenny. It is the only clear way ahead in defeating these socialists who are out to destroy our economy, and our country. Wake up folks! With Trudeau off to China to set us up as a client state we are ripe for the pickings of the likes of China.
commented 2016-07-27 01:42:37 -0400
The pc party can piss off.
commented 2016-07-26 03:34:57 -0400
I would suggest that you give them both a chance; they both mean well… It is high time that a healthy debate take place and that the cobwebs are shaken out… Obviously the Conservatives have lots o snakes in the closet that need to be flushed out… But Jean’s petulant reaction to Fildebrandt also needs explaining… So, talk, debate, stay friendly and eventually unite, because if Catcher’s Mitt Notley has not "focused’ your mind then you are indeed in deep doo-doo…
commented 2016-07-25 18:54:30 -0400
As far as Amalgamating the parties is concerned, Kenney is at a distinct advantage to assume the helm of a new coalition party – Brian Jean has worked hard to salvage the party from the mess Smith left it in to get it to the point where it and now wants some kind of coronation as conservative leader? Ain’t gonna happen.out polls the PCs – He deserves first crack as a coalition leader – a VP at the very least. Kenny taking top spot is a gross presumption – he hasn’t had his ass in the grass in Alberta
commented 2016-07-25 14:40:50 -0400
Brian Jean should be the one to lead the province next term, but with Jason Kenny at the helm of the PC party, the PC party is, very unfortunately, going to pull votes from the Wildrose party.

In my opinion next election will result in at best a minority conservative government (either PC or Wildrose) with the other conservative party as the official opposition. At worst, another majority NDP government.
commented 2016-07-25 14:05:19 -0400
I agree William and they had better stay there until they bang something out. They clearly haven’t yet by the sounds of Jean.
commented 2016-07-25 14:03:52 -0400
Yes, the coalition option! There is always that. What ever it takes to send the NDP packing.
commented 2016-07-25 14:01:55 -0400
Don’t underestimate Jason Kenney’s skills. If he and Brian Jean have not already held discussions, I would be surprised.
commented 2016-07-25 13:32:07 -0400
Bill I think you are absolutely correct. The PC brand is badly tainted and as is will only split the right votes allowing the dippers to sneak in yet again. Kenney should realize that supporting them is a wrong move. He most certainly has a valuable place in the mix but needs to figure out who to support and who to shun…
commented 2016-07-25 13:19:57 -0400
At first when Kenney made the announcement he was coming to Alberta to unite the right I thought it was a brilliant move. Now I’m worried the right will still be split anyway. I agree with Bill that ‘rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic won’t make it float again.’
Jean and Kenney need to be in serious discussion until they can come to some agreement because it boils down to those two saving or sinking us. Get it together boys.
commented 2016-07-25 13:19:43 -0400
Billy there is also the option of a coalition pact that in the event of a split vote the two right of center parties form a coalition to keep the minority vote commies from damaging the province any further – may but some time to clean up the PCs and merge.
commented 2016-07-25 12:48:44 -0400
Problem: Jean loves the name “Wildrose”, Kenny loves the name “Conservative”
Solution: Unite the right under the banner Wildrose and call a leadership convention pitting Jean against Kenny (or they can support one or the other)
If the NDP wins by default again because these conservative parties’ arrogance and stubbornness over the name of a unified right-of-centre party, then Albertan’s deserve a long dynasty of NDP governments.
commented 2016-07-25 12:43:06 -0400
Two thoughts:

1. I liked the fact Fildebrandt was sitting at Jean’s right hand, and not as a bobble-head but as a respected W/R member. The only healing of the right that was needed.

2. I am a W/R member that figures we already have a united right under the W/R. The P/C’s have shown their true orange red colours when Kenny announced, remaining conservatives in the defunct party should simply come on over to the party that will make them welcome.
commented 2016-07-25 12:18:40 -0400
The Alta PC party has to be folded – it is nothing but a camouflaged refuge for the defacto liberal party who could not pull a vote under their true banner – any real conservatives or principled populists have left its ranks for the WR.

Mr. Kenny, fold the PCs into the WR banner, purge the reds then rebrand the new party of the right – rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic won’t make it float again.