September 07, 2016

Talking to Jason Kenney about Alberta’s political future

Rebel Staff

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.

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commented 2016-09-08 18:29:10 -0400
Not to make light of what’s going right now in Alberta, but this story could easily have taken place there………….. Or anywhere in Canada for that matter!

> In the year 2016, the Lord came unto Noah, Who was now living in Melbourne and said:
“Once again, the earth has become wicked and over -populated and I see the end of all flesh before me.”
“Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing along with a few good humans.”
He gave Noah the blueprints saying:
“You have 6 months to build the Ark before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights.”

> Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah
weeping in his yard – but no Ark.“Noah!,” He roared, “I’m about to start the rain!
Where is theArk?”
“Forgive me, Lord,” begged Noah, “but things have changed.”

> “I needed a Building Permit.”
> “I’ve been arguing with the Boat Inspector about the need for a sprinkler system.”

> “My neighbors claim that I’ve violated the neighborhood By-Laws by building the Ark in my back garden and exceeding the height limitations. We had to go to the Local Planning Committee for a variance.”

> “Then the Local Council and the Electricity Company demanded a shed load of money for the future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions
to clear the Passage for the Ark’s move to the sea. I told them that the sea would be coming to us, but they would hear nothing of it.”

> “Getting the wood was another problem. There’s a ban on cutting local trees in order to save the Great Spotted Barn Owl.”
I tried to convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls – but no go!"

> “When I started gathering the animals the SPCA took me to court.
They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They argued the accommodations were too restrictive, and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space.”

> “Then Environment Australia ruled that I couldn’t build the Ark until
they’d conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood.”

> “I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I’m supposed to hire for my building crew.”

> “Immigration are checking the Visa status of most of the people who want to work.”

> “The trades unions say I can’t use my sons. They insist I have to hire only Union workers with Ark-building experience.”

> “To make matters worse, the Australian Revenue Agency seized all my assets,
claiming I’m trying to leave the country Illegally w ith endangered species.”

> “So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 Years for me to finish this Ark.”

> “Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched across the sky.”

> Noah looked up in wonder and asked,
“You mean you’re not going to destroy the world?”

> “No,” said the Lord.
" The Governments beat me to it.
commented 2016-09-08 14:02:28 -0400
By the time the NDP are finished with Alberta, only true conservative values and policies will stop the damage and begin a recovery. In other words, any semblance of this “progressivism” that took over the PC party needs to be purged and eradicated. They need to get rid of the name , the brand and the people that adhere to the liberal ideas that destroyed the party and allowed the disaster that is the NDP to gain power.

If the Wild Rose are true conservatives, then Kenny should try to lead those people . Forget about salvaging the PC party and all the riff raff that destroyed it.,
commented 2016-09-08 13:48:39 -0400
I wouldn’t vote provincial pc if you paid me to. Vote wildrose and unite the right!
commented 2016-09-08 09:02:41 -0400
these so called elites are the redford liberals, they are the problem
commented 2016-09-08 08:38:07 -0400
“The Wildrose party could win the next election…” so why are you taking action to prevent that from happening? The PC party has proven to be adept at spiking the right as they move to the left to become the big government party. Big government is not the answer, it’s the problem!
commented 2016-09-08 08:21:58 -0400
Two free enterprise parties? Kenney has been away too long. I guess that’s why he’s interested in leading the Progressive party.
commented 2016-09-08 06:30:35 -0400
Jason Kenny said that he did not watch the interview between Ezra and Brian Jean. Really?
You mean he is not a Rebel Member?
You think he would be interested in what Brian had to say.
commented 2016-09-08 05:53:35 -0400
Special voting set asides? Sounds like the DNC’s super delegates who won it for Hillary.
commented 2016-09-08 03:20:02 -0400
All good comments, but I sure hope Jason is doing those roadside pushups before he jumps into his truck each day…
commented 2016-09-08 02:46:57 -0400
Thanks Ezra for some great questions for Kenny. I was impressed with his answers.
commented 2016-09-08 02:41:08 -0400
I agree with you Bill Elder. Kenny should never have bothered-just let the Alberta Conservatives go the way of the Alberta Liberals. Let them die, they’re irrelevant. Time for Jean to stop apologizing and ride the stupidity of the NDP to victory.
commented 2016-09-08 02:17:20 -0400
“Capitalism is buying the cheapest oil/Saudi oil. So support Alberta oil and be a socialist.”
I have never heard a more ridiculous comment. It would be laughable but I fear she/he is serious.
commented 2016-09-08 01:10:58 -0400
Cameron that makes absolutely no sense. You should look up oil prices.
commented 2016-09-08 01:00:03 -0400
What I see is another Ndp win. Energy east being built since it’s a socialism project anyways. Capitalism is buying the cheapest oil/Saudi oil. So support Alberta oil and be a socialist.
commented 2016-09-07 23:12:43 -0400
I guess we have to wait and see if Kenny is able to:

1) win the PC party leadership
2) clean out the party of all its’ red wolves wearing blue ties.
3) able to negotiate a merger with the Wildrose

But if he cannot negotiate a merger, the PC party will pull votes from the Wildrose, splitting the Conservative vote in Alberta.
commented 2016-09-07 23:05:27 -0400
Once again, Danielle Smith, you are so in the loser file.
Sorry, I should capitals, LOSER
commented 2016-09-07 21:16:27 -0400
I would agree with you Ezra that Kenny hopes to duplicate Klein populism and save the PCs but where we part ways is in him thinking it’s salvageable – unlike the richi rich progs Klein had to defeat to bring the PC message to the lunch pail class, the current PC organization is inundated with crony, cliquish Liberals who see politics as a careerist sinecure not a public service.

I would argue the current Alberta PC org is the defacto Ottawa liberal network in Alberta. _ I say fold the brand and make the dishonest buggers run under their true political banner.
commented 2016-09-07 21:00:34 -0400
There’s a real disinterest for the PCs here. They sort of caused this. Stupid voted NDP as a protest cause they didn’t want liberal even though I voted Wildrose twice. In the trenches here, Jesus couldn’t get a PC vote. We want a true conservative government which is the opposition, luckily.
Notley was apologizing for Alberta in New York. Who’s gonna invest in that?
That’s what Hillary will be like. Sorry we were wrong, just take over our country
commented 2016-09-07 20:53:47 -0400
That was an excellent monologue Ezra. Clarified a lot of things for me. We are getting information from the people we need to get information from, good work with these interviews. Kenney sounds like he is on the ball and is indeed interested in putting Alberta first. I trust the man and his intentions. He was very frank and honest.
commented 2016-09-07 20:51:13 -0400
I am betting Kathleen Wynne will step down before next summer when OPP will finally start to report on criminal behaviour. She needs to be in jail, but if she steps down with Dainty Deb, no harm, no foul!
commented 2016-09-07 20:47:17 -0400
Brian Jean sucks as leader, but I think Kenny is wrong. Let the P.C’s have their crappy Red Tory party, no need to unite with pretend Liberals.
commented 2016-09-07 20:39:56 -0400
- It seems to me that Alberta voters are waiting to see if the Alberta PCs self destruct or not. If they do, I’m betting they’ll flock to the Wildrose.
commented 2016-09-07 20:38:19 -0400
Could we change Jason Kenny for Patrick Brown? Brown is just a boat anchor, holding his party in a position guaranteed to propel Wynne to another term. Where are all the good guys?