My first real political campaign — 24 years ago — was when I was a poll captain for Ralph Klein. Klein ran for the PC party leadership as an outsider. The fancy-pants hated him. But he won — it was a revolution against the PC Party that saved the PC Party.
It reminds me, in a way, of what Jason Kenney is doing now, what he’s going through now.
The Tories aren’t just in a malaise like they were 24 years ago. They’re dead now. They need a miracle, to revive them from the dead.
That’s Jason Kenney’s proposal: Run to be the leader, then go to the vigorous opposition party, the Wildrose, led by Brian Jean, get a merger, and run as a united right.
I can understand why some of the PC rump doesn’t want that, and the other day, the party pulled a fast one:
They rigged the rules, giving special voting set-asides to party elders, the old guard, the elites.
So, even if Jason Kenney were to sell 100,000 new memberships, and totally revive the party, the old guard would have a super-vote. Klein would have lost under today’s rules.
But can Kenney still win? What happens if he doesn’t?
And even if he does, what will Brian Jean of the Wildrose Party say?
I talk to Jason Kenney about all this and more, tonight.