July 06, 2016

“If anyone can unite the right, it’s Jason Kenney”

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Now that Jason Kenney has officially announced his intentions, he has some obstacles to overcome if he’s going to be successful at taking over the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives.

At this year’s convention, the party opted out of the "one member, one vote" system because they felt it was too easy for outsiders to take the party over. Now they’ve opted for a delegate convention.

This means Kenney will have to take over all of the PCAA Constituency Associations which will, in turn, send delegates to vote for the next leader of the party.

This will be no easy task, but we have to remember that he will most certainly have the backing of his federal counterparts.

There are 34 federal ridings in Alberta and 29 of those are conservative. With Jason Kenney’s organizational skills and 20 years of political experience in the province, he’s definitely got the connections and the upper hand over other leadership candidates.

There is also the issue of resistance from members in both the Wildrose Party and the Progressive Conservatives, even though recent polling from Alberta Can’t Wait shows that a united conservative party would dominate the NDP in the next election.

There are die hard Wildrosers out there that simply won’t support a PC leader in uniting because they see the party as corrupted and arrogant. The Wildrose Party isn’t free of controversy either. They’ve had their fair share of media gaffes and polling has them at 35 per cent which is only 8 per cent ahead of the NDP.

And then there are the diehard social liberals within the PC Party that simply don’t want to unite with conservatives under a big tent.

There’s also the issue that the party is broke. At convention time in May, the party was ending the month with $10,000 in the bank; compare that with the regular $150,000 that they regularly spend in a month.

They need to raise $4 million for the next election, making a rebuild of the party under current circumstances a stretch, to say the least.

Uniting the right will be a challenge, but this is exactly why if anyone can accomplish this, it’s Jason Kenney.

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commented 2016-07-07 18:45:24 -0400
If anyone can pull the Alberta P.C. party up by its bootstraps, it is Jason Kenney. If anyone can amalgamate the P.C. party and the Wildrose party, it’s Jason Kenney. That being said, this guy (who is good-looking by the way) has to lose about 50 pounds of extra weight. Being fit and healthy would make him a much more credible leader.
commented 2016-07-07 14:10:21 -0400

As if Kenney is a Conservative….puhlease!
commented 2016-07-07 00:48:35 -0400
Do you think so Tim Grant? Do you have that much confidence in Brian Jean to pull off the necessary win?
commented 2016-07-07 00:05:50 -0400
Jason Kenney will almost certainly have to fight with his party to get funding and organization.

He faces a challenge, and that is for sure.

That said, he is a good man and his motivations are good.

Albertans can choose for themselves this man as the leader of the Progressive Conservatives, or they can reject him

Do not be stupid. Elect him.
commented 2016-07-06 23:55:12 -0400
There is too much at stake and the risks are too high. We can not have the vote split or NDP will win again. I think this is a selfish self centered bid to gain power. It does not support what is the best outcome for the province. Shame on Kenny.
commented 2016-07-06 23:25:06 -0400
Andrew Stephenson said:

“Even Kenney is pragmatic about it. The WR has too much baggage, particularly the SoCons, to win the cities. He recognizes they need the centrist, urban vote to win and the PCs are the stronger party to address that Most Albertans are far more interested in fixing the economy than listening to some wingnut preach about Jesus. "

Says the guy who thinks consensual incest is Ay ok. LOL.

“Andrew Stephenson commented 1 month ago
Consensual relationships of any nature should be permitted. As long as everyone involved is OK with it, it’s none of my business. "

Yup, won’t turn anyone off at all Andrew. LOL. If you so choose, I wish you and daughter all the best together Andrew, it’s totally non of my business and there is totally nothing wrong with it.
commented 2016-07-06 22:59:25 -0400
I don’t know if this has been said before, these politicians have to get over themselves and realize they serve us. I could care less what they name the party or whose banner they run under. Just get your shit together(real conservative values I’m sure you don’t even have to make them up someone has them wrote down somewhere)and win the next election.
commented 2016-07-06 21:56:35 -0400
Good for you Anonymous, nobody cares about anything but NDP Sucks top priority on his list for Alberta. DESTROY THE NDP. Because nothing else matters more right now.

I know Brian Jean has worked hard to keep the Wildrose afloat after the punch in the gut delivered by Smith, but if he really cares about Alberta won’t he do what is right to defeat the NDP and send them packing? If that means deferring to Kenney, I hope he is a big enough man to do it.
commented 2016-07-06 21:48:57 -0400
I’m watching Sheer for leader of the federal conservatives. As for Kenney ‘righting’ Alberta, I think it is a brilliant move.
I’m sure Notely is starting to pay attention. She is toast. The west will rise out of the ashes and be strong again!
commented 2016-07-06 21:45:43 -0400
Reply to NDP SUCKS:

Somebody get this man to a Copy/Print shop and start handing out this To-Do list to the masses!
commented 2016-07-06 21:41:06 -0400
If Rona Ambrose won’t run for PM, then she should run for Ontario PC Premier (I’m afraid I’ve lost any hope in Brown).
Ambrose = Ontario, Kenny = Alberta, Wall = Sask, get rid of Gallant in NB and that would create a pretty strong Canada.
Though anyone going into Alberta and Ontario will need a big shovel to clean up.
commented 2016-07-06 20:32:13 -0400
Even Kenney is pragmatic about it. The WR has too much baggage, particularly the SoCons, to win the cities. He recognizes they need the centrist, urban vote to win and the PCs are the stronger party to address that Most Albertans are far more interested in fixing the economy than listening to some wingnut preach about Jesus.
commented 2016-07-06 19:07:12 -0400
The PC brand was so badly damaged by Prentice and Redford that it’s a big gamble to try the unite the right and lead an election under their banner…..the dippers will certainly win again.
The only hope is to truly unite the parties and run on a predominately conservative platform, however there is probably not enough time to that successfully and another dipper majority would be catastrophic for the province…
commented 2016-07-06 18:47:22 -0400
Stop wasting time and energy, the provincial pcs are dead. Vote Wildrose and unite the right.
commented 2016-07-06 18:46:35 -0400
I do not want the right to be united for many reasons including this one:


This cbc article about up-holding a women only gym based on justifying inequality by a left-wing human rights commission because women are considered “historically inequal” compared to men is something the politically correct “progressive” conservatives have always feared to touch, but the politically incorrect conservatives want to end because such stereotypes by the left that allow discrimination is just as wrong as allowing discrimination by stereotypes from the right
commented 2016-07-06 18:41:47 -0400
Elton. The PC’s are dead, at least their brand. They are Liberals hiding behind the conservative banner since 2005. Stelmach, Redford and Prentice are all Liberals or Red Tories at the very least. The PC Party is heavily in debt, they are disorganized and they do not know how to fund raise. The PC’s are trending down.

The Wildrose is trending up. They were declared almost dead before the snap election last year. They went from a dejected five MLA’s to 21 and the official opposition. Since then the Wildrose won the byelection in Calgary for the seat that Prentice vacated. This was held by the PC’s for over fourty years.

Yes, the PC’s need to be dissolved and that will happen with a merger. They also need a good cleansing and that means Janzen, Gill and Lukaszuk need to be punted big time with a lot of noise.

Kenney is a more experienced and crafty politician than Brian Jean plus he went through the federal merger of the Conservatives and Canadian Alliance. I do think Brian Jean is more than capable to lead a conservative party in Alberta but I don’t think Kenney would accept second place. They would beat back the NDP and that is what really matters.
commented 2016-07-06 18:23:33 -0400
NDP Sucks, in other words dissolve the PC’s, have Jean step back and let Kenny take over.
commented 2016-07-06 17:32:32 -0400
Priority List

Get Kenney elected as leader of the PC’s.
Boot Janzen, Gill and Lukaszuk out of PC Party.
Boot out other leaders who are Liberal/NDP.
Boot out 2nd level leaders and members who are Liberal/NDP.
Emphasize conservative values/policies and trash progressive horseshit.
Jason Kenney talks nice to Brian Jean and starts unite the right negotiation.
Brian Jean proposes unite the right to the Wildrose membership.
Wildrose demands all Liberals/NDP in the PC Party get booted out ASAP.
Wildrose makes grassroots demands and Kenney agrees.
Kenney and Jean arm wrestle to see who is leader.
Kenney has bad breath and wins the job.

Top Priority: Destroy the NDP.