April 09, 2015

Alberta election: Brian Jean apologizes for Prentice/Harper comments

Rebel Staff

 It's a first real stumble for the new leader of the Wildrose Party.

Brian Jean has apologized after suggesting Prentice worked behind the scenes to try and undermine Prime Minister Stephen Harper during his years as in Ottawa.

Both Jean and Prentice were caucus colleagues in the Harper government.

Jean told media Wednesday, Prentice was entangled in disloyal backroom dealing in a bid to undermine Harper when the Prime Minister was vulnerable due to low poll numbers.

He claimed Prentice worked against Harper because he secretly wanted the top job himself.

Prentice sounded genuinely upset by the allegation, calling it ridiculous and said he has hada very good relationship with Harper over the years.

Jean has released this statement:

"It was inappropriate of me to talk about past internal caucus tensions. I owe my former colleagues an apology. I won't be speaking further on this topic - it is a distraction from the important issues facing Albertans in this election." 

Jean declined The Rebel's efforts to interview him on camera today.

It's unclear whether this stumble will hurt Jean politically given recent polls that suggest the Wildrose Party is leading the pack in the early going.

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commented 2015-04-10 10:19:08 -0400
Alberta needs a strong Conservative government, and I hope the people of Alberta remember that!
commented 2015-04-10 09:47:12 -0400
PETER NETTERVILLE. Yes, I suppose a lot of people do keep their votng habits; and nobody can argue that Alberta has not had a lot of immigrants But there is something else at play too.

As a population becomes more urbanized, it becomes less independent. The more dependent a people become, the more attractive the trappings of a welfare state.
commented 2015-04-10 09:12:32 -0400
" (ie vote for the party that has a barely functional economy “back home” but that those same rules and approaches will somehow make for a booming economy here)."

Michael says something here that I find worth repeating, something that I have had a concern about.

As a third gen Albertan, I have seen a lot of people come and go and have watched Alberta grow, mostly from economic migration. As a result when most are here, they vote. They vote for the same political party that they had back home.

Alberta has had a good economy because we have had in the past a Conservative government that is willing to do what it takes to keep the economy going. When people come here and vote for political parties that would see that prosperity stopped (for perceived environmental damages or whatever reason), then those votes are ultimately self-defeating, contrary to the very same reason those people came to this province in the first place. I think my point is clear.

Okay. I got that off my shoulders. I feel MUCH better now! :)
commented 2015-04-10 09:04:23 -0400
Most aologies in our political theatres are meaningless. An apology delivered subsequent to a demand has all the credibility and sincerity of the victim’s phony claim that he/she was “deeply hurt /slurred/offended”.
commented 2015-04-10 08:33:48 -0400
Apologies, I forgot the tie-in to the current article. Prentice’ recent budget should have made him anathema to the voters of Alberta. His double-playing of Danielle Smith was excellent politicing, but was done in an environment where most people don’t want to be bothered by politicing, and will tend to not trust people who engage in it. Prentice needs to distract from these simple facts in order to have any hope of election, and Brian Jean may have given him a distraction by making the earlier statements. I don’t doubt that what was said about Prentice is likely true, based on his recent behavior, but Prentice needs the active support of those who tend to not pay attention. Economic migrants may be the people he’s targetting.
commented 2015-04-10 08:27:56 -0400
Alberta has long attracted economic migrants. I should know, I was one of them. What brought me to Alberta is that the stated goals of government aligned more closely with my political thoughts than those of the government of BC at the time. I came because I saw more opportunity in a province that leaves us alone than a province which tries to “help” everyone. I suspect that many other economic migrants came just for the/a job, and plan to vote the same way they did “back home”. It’s alarming how many people seem to think that you can do the same thing the same way and get a different result (ie vote for the party that has a barely functional economy “back home” but that those same rules and approaches will somehow make for a booming economy here).
commented 2015-04-10 05:47:40 -0400
It is not whether it is true or not or whether there is hard evidence or not, it was that he should he have said it because now it can be used against him by Prentice in the court of public opinion. But it is out there now and he has to deal with it, not just the once in an apology but continuously as it is thrown back in his face throughout the campaign.

Although I can understand why Joan said, “never apologize” since the wolves attack when they see what they perceive as weakness, I disagree because an apology if delivered properly can demonstrate an admirable strength of character.
commented 2015-04-10 02:22:19 -0400
It will aid him as Alberta have developed a hate for Prentice. Just because he has no hard evidence to back up his statement does not mean there is no truth to his statement.
commented 2015-04-10 00:52:24 -0400
Of course it will hurt him. Every time a politician walks something back, it hurts him/her. If you stumble, find a way to recover and spin it so it works for you. Never apologize.
commented 2015-04-10 00:43:15 -0400
Harper is too classy to comment on such an allegation but I have no doubt whatsoever that what Jean said is true.
commented 2015-04-10 00:30:27 -0400
“It was inappropriate of me to talk about past internal caucus tensions. I owe my former colleagues an apology.”
I think he may get some mileage out of it, not hurt him. He apologised, and now its out there, “caucus tensions”.
I hope Prentice gets sent packing, I would hate to see that happen to Alberta. As bad watching Ontario go down, under Wynne. I don’t want to see any more provinces take a nose dive. I hope he can be stopped. He is exactly the kind of politician this country does not need on any level. Evil.
commented 2015-04-10 00:20:02 -0400
In my personal opinion, Prentice is lying … his lips were moving!
commented 2015-04-09 22:56:16 -0400
Well, Mike Rose, like I mentioned in another article to you, it is unlikely the NDP will form the government in Alberta. Albertans have always been majority right wing. I doubt that will change. However, the right wing party Wildrose will probably form the next government.

It is inevitable that Jean, like all politicians, will make the occasional foot-in-mouth comment. If only he could have an adoring main stream media cover his occasional gaff like they cover Justin’s multitude of blunders. Thankfully we can have an honest media with theRebel.Media as we will never find the full truth in the MSM.
commented 2015-04-09 22:29:25 -0400
Gotta “love” politics… Even if what Mr Jean said is true and correct, Prentice is “injured”, so Jean has to apologize… (never mind that this election call may actually be illegal!) It’s been commonly suspected, if it’s not actually common knowledge, about Prentice’s history with the federal Conservative party. As Marylin posted, how would Harper comment on this?
commented 2015-04-09 21:51:36 -0400
I’m actually not surprised to hear that…
commented 2015-04-09 21:50:15 -0400
“Prentice sounded genuinely upset by the allegation, calling it ridiculous”
Oh please! Prentice was waiting breathlessly for Harper to get another minority government so he could challenge him as “Bumm-Badda-BUUUUMMMM” "the only leader that could deliver a majority. (Oooo Aaaahhh You’re so noble Jimmy!)

Unfortunately for ambitious little Jimmy Harper broke through and got the majority. When Prentice saw this he saw his opportunity to challenge Harper dissolve. Since he couldn’t get the top job he went blubbering off into the sunset. Then he saw his chance in Alberta and carpetbagged his arrogant ass out here knowing that all he had to was grab the leadership and he could have the crown he thinks he deserves. No, Jimmy isn’t a second fiddle type of guy. If he can’t have top spot then he doesn’t want to play the game.
commented 2015-04-09 21:30:10 -0400
Alberta is going through some problems. Leadership is only as good as the one leading. Finding a good leader to follow is a never ending story or so it seems these days.
What else is in the barrel? Who supports them? Why? What does NDP have to offer? When is the election? Who will step forward now? Who is the best of the bunch now? The Liberals are laughing and the NDP circle from above.
commented 2015-04-09 21:14:41 -0400
I don’t think that Jean is just putting out innuendos its a seed well planted . Prentice is known for his back room coups, just notice his body language when he’s offering an explanation. it seems quite telling
commented 2015-04-09 20:44:51 -0400
Maybe we should ask Stephen Harper about Jim Prentice’s “loyalty”.
commented 2015-04-09 20:26:29 -0400
Jim Prentice is out for one thing… what’s good for Jim Prentice. When it became obvious that his rise in cabinet was slow and a higher profile post wasn’t going to happen he left federal politics after putting in enough time for his cushy pension.
commented 2015-04-09 20:21:28 -0400
Actually I would not put that past Prentice considering the left of center attitude he leads his provincial party in. What better way to extend the socialist agenda then to take over a conservative position. Redford did it big time to the provincial conservative party and Prentice appears to be extending her legacy 3 fold. Where may we be if he actually did become leader of the CPC?