The rumours have been swirling for a couple weeks now, but will Conservative MP Jason Kenney leave federal politics and run for leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives?
Kenney hasn’t confirmed, or denied a run for either the federal, or provincial conservatives, but he recently purchased a membership with the PCAA. The PC’s may not seem like a good fit for Kenney but from the perspective of running on a platform that’s committed to uniting the right, it’s a smart idea because it will most likely work.
A leadership role for Kenney would do two things – it would force both parties to come to the table on unification and it would purge the Progressive Conservative party of the liberals in conservative clothing like Prab Gill and Sandra Jansen, who had cases of Trudeaumania and supported the federal Liberals at election time.
Of course, more liberal leaning policies and actions on the part of the Progressive Conservatives is what sunk them in the last election. And now Sandra Jansen says that she’ll leave the party if Mr. Kenney wins the leadership.
The leaders of both the PC’s and the Wildrose don’t realize what’s in the best interest of Albertans. I think discussions on unifying conservatives should have taken place between the parties immediately following the election. A year later, nothing has changed and the bickering and egos still linger.
I’m not saying that Brian Jean and Rick McIver aren’t effective at their jobs, but in the meantime, what’s in the best interests of Alberta isn’t happening. Principled Alberta conservatives need to unite and third party groups like the Alberta Prosperity Fund and Alberta Can’t Wait aren’t going to make it happen on their own.
Kenney is accomplished and has 19 plus years of experience in politics, including a Parliamentary Secretary position and multiple cabinet posts. Plus, this isn’t his first rodeo - he lived through the Reform/Canadian Alliance merger with the federal Progressive Conservatives.
Working from within parties is imperative for unification of conservatives to work and Jason Kenney might just be able to do, what Alberta needs to make it happen.