March 20, 2017

Alberta conservatives still divided despite Kenney’s PC leadership win

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The results of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party leadership vote are in and it comes as no surprise that Jason Kenney won that contest with 75.4 per cent of the vote and a mandate to unite the right. 

Out of the 1,476 ballots cast, he won 1,113 votes while PC MLA Richard Starke took 323 and Calgary lawyer Byron Nelson ended up with 40.

A crowd of almost 2,000 were at the event and included politicians from both the Wildrose and Progressive Conservatives along with some CPC MP’s and I really wanted to know what attendees were thinking and whether they thought the results reflected support for Jason Kenney the politician, or Kenney’s mandate to unite the right.

Also, did the people in attendance think this result would bode well for the future of conservatism in the province and do they think the parties can unite before the next election in 2019?

A Mainstreet poll came out last week which seems to show that while Albertans have decided they want to unite, they’re undecided about who they want as their Premier. The results show Brian Jean in the lead, Kenney in last place, while a third candidate sits in the middle.

A mixed reaction to this poll from attendees makes me think it’s going to be difficult for conservatives to unite.

There are many, mostly progressive-leaning members of the PC party, that are bitter about the dismantling of the party as well as some diehard Wildrose members that will also have a hard time letting go of their party.

But after Jason Kenney’s decisive win, it looks like we’ve jumped the first major hurdle.

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commented 2017-03-21 10:04:13 -0400
Uniting the right was the first step, and now weeding out those who aren’t conservative needs to be addressed. As for the leader, I think that Jason would make a charismatic, no nonsense leader. I don’t agree with everything he says, but I think he would be better than Brian Jean. Brian caves in too quickly for me. I think that is his temperament. So from that perspective, I would vote for Jason. If Fildebrandt runs for leadership, it might be a tie between him and Jason.
commented 2017-03-21 09:31:25 -0400
We must unite the right. I am a big Brian Jean supporter and wildrose member, but when I hear comments from Brian like this “we want t unite, but only under wildrose principals” that becomes a takeover not a merger. When you merge you take good things from both and then form a new direction. When you start laying down barriers right from the beginning you are circumventing the process and setting yourself up for failure. Brian please be careful and be open minded a new party should have some PC and some Wildrose. What I am seeing in politics in Canada is that the broad spectrum of support is shifting to parties that are Fiscally conservative and socially liberal. Not an extreme on either side. Lets make sure we set ourselves up for victory and avoid bickering so we can kick these idiots out of gov’t in Alberta.
commented 2017-03-21 03:00:31 -0400
The right wing needs to put aside their petty differences. Is it really that hard to notice that the province is being run into the ground?
commented 2017-03-21 01:23:29 -0400
All I know is that we don’t need 3 left wing parties and one in the centre (depending which way the wind is blowing today).
commented 2017-03-21 00:29:32 -0400
The Conservative Party of Alberta.
It’s not very imaginative but it works.
commented 2017-03-20 23:40:29 -0400
Bill Elder- I agree with your comments as anything but a uniting under the Wildrose is crazy. The WR is a party all set up with a good organization, money in the bank and a competent leader. Also WR is around 38% in the polls. I also do not find the name Wildrose to be a problem and adding conservative would only confuse with the federal party.
commented 2017-03-20 23:03:29 -0400
When PCs talk of “uniting the right” they are talking about branding over WR conservatives. When WR speaks of “uniting the right” they mean an ideological reconciling – part of that is purging the PC executive ranks of Reds who should be in the Liberal or NDP.
commented 2017-03-20 22:57:34 -0400
Great spontaneous interviews – delusional fools like these is why I bailed from the PCs – these mud heads have an identity problem – are they red, blue or even Albertan? – and what’s up with lonesome cowboy zoolander there who is worried about “Albertans in the US and over seas” like, do his powder blue cowboy boots even touch the ground once a year?

FOLD THE PC PARTY ! THROW THE REDS OUT! REFORM a TRUE conservative party and sent the dithering idiots in the PCs to run under the liberal banner that fits their optics. Kenny may make a good house leader but Jean has earned the roll of premier – any new party must keep WR policies intact and accept only PC policies which align with ours.

Amalgamating parties to defeat the Dipps is no win if we end up with a liberal party wrapped in a wild rose flag.
commented 2017-03-20 21:37:18 -0400
Yes, well it looks like Jason Kenny is reaching out to red Tories.

What the hell is the matter with that guy? It was the red Tories in the PC party that caused all this problem in the first place!

The Liberal Ralph Klein, was far more conservative than these red Tories who call themselves Conservatives.

THIS COMMENT TO THE RED TORIES: Have at least an ounce of integrity and go to the Alberta Party, or the NDP, or the Liberals, but stay away from the merged new Conservative party.
commented 2017-03-20 20:55:20 -0400
There’s one big stick in this mud pile. There were elements of the Alberta PC’s that were pretty much totally responsible for the split in the first place. There were good reasons the WR was formed, and those seen as responsible for that from within the PC’s will have to be shown the door. There are too many “must haves” from the WR that will not work with those they see as responsible for the split in the party, and that’s a pretty valid opinion. Then there’s Danielle Smith. Here’s an idea: both parties throw some money into a pot, and hire a consultant from the Saskatchewan Party. See if you can lure a Reg Downs or Cam Swan type to live in Red Deer for a half year or so, and follow their advice on how to kick out a socialist party from government. They almost did it in a similar time frame you are looking at, only their NDP government had been in place for generations instead of a couple years. You Albertans should have it relatively easy.
commented 2017-03-20 20:29:12 -0400
That third name? One that would be controversial but would unite the right and guarantee a win? One that has a history of pulling together mis-matched conservative brands already? An Albertan? Stephen Harper. You’re welcome.
commented 2017-03-20 20:00:00 -0400
Brian Jean is a total moron and a fool. He is giving the Wildrose to Kenney and his Sharia loving band of PC’s.
commented 2017-03-20 18:49:31 -0400
I agree with the comment in the video, that we have to wait for the leadership race of the united party before we can determine who is best as leader. Currently, preference is based more on emotion.

Second, I also liked the comment that the quarter who may not accept Kenney’s leadership of their party know where the door is. If they are principled, as opposed to Janzen, they will go Liberal or Alberta Party. This will be good for those parties, but also Alberta because if those parties are stronger, they will draw the soft vote from the Non-Democratic Party.
commented 2017-03-20 18:09:10 -0400
I would vote for a government from Mars , if that was the only alternative

Good first step

THANKS HOLLY
commented 2017-03-20 17:37:21 -0400
Alberta conservatives knew that a uniting of the right was a necessary first step. As to a new leader, I am all for watching and seeing where the wind will blow and follow the cream that rises. There may very well be a new third option, I’m keeping my eyes open to see how it pans out. Either way, it will be as it should be.