December 17, 2016

Wildrose MLA Fildebrandt on right track with conservative unity talk

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Wildrose MLA and Finance Critic Derek Fildebrandt has turned some heads after backing a united conservative front in Alberta that would mean joining forces with the Progressive Conservatives.

It goes against what leader Brian Jean has been stating but it’s necessary in order for conservatives to win the next election.

The sentiment in Alberta right now is that people are sick of politicians and they just want unity on the right to boot the NDP out of office.

Seems simple but instead of doing what the people want, politicians are doing the opposite by aligning over party values, pandering to the media and not looking out for Albertans.

If conservatives remain divided by next election, they’ll lose and hand it over to the NDP. It’s just that simple.

Not only are conservatives divided in party, but there's a rural/urban divide, with Wildrose having a solid rural vote, while the PC’s have historically been very popular in Calgary. Make a deal and boom, the NDP is out.

It’s time to put party and pandering aside. The countdown to the next election is on and these guys have to get it together to strengthen whatever conservative force might form once the new Progressive Conservative leader is chosen.

Derek Fildebrandt took a huge leap in being straight forward and maybe even going against the grain of the Wildrose Party in order to get the ball rolling.

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commented 2016-12-20 11:45:52 -0500
You are correct about Preston. At best he is a populist, but not much of a conservative – anymore. The idea of a merger with a milquetoast conservative party has soured on me since the federal experience.
commented 2016-12-19 20:06:46 -0500
Camoron Robot, you know you don’t believe what you have posted. You just hope for Rachel’s sake that the right doesn’t unite because you know it would be the end of her. From all of your postings it’s clear you are a troll for the NDP. Give up the taqiyya.
commented 2016-12-19 11:07:56 -0500
ANDY NEIMERS, as you point out this debate and ongoing dialogue is good, but “let the truth prevail”.
Thus, we have ROY JEANINE commenting “Brian Jean has spoken in favour of a carbon tax in the future, Never Vote for him and jean threw everyone under the bus after the rally, Never vote for him. Jason Kenney waffles about a carbon as well.” The latter is not true. What is true is that Kenney disappointingly also threw everyone under the bus after the rally with a tweet. You can prop up your so-called "true conservative leader, but please don’t do it by spreading falsehoods about others you don’t like. By the way, I would challenge the assertion that Fildebrandt is a “true conservative” as he has revealed himself to be a ‘progressive’ conservative. And the only way to get the “new party” that you think should be led by Fildebrandt is to support Kenney with his call to unite the right.
commented 2016-12-19 06:30:01 -0500
Honest debate is the vital fuel for democracy to exist and I hope you conservative Albertans appreciate that this ongoing dialogue will eventually result in “the government you deserve”… Unlike the poor saps in Ontario, where between the corrupt media, a feckless conservative leader, and a CN Tower shadow populace running the whole province, despotism prevails… So, debate, debate, and debate; let the truth prevail….
commented 2016-12-19 02:12:48 -0500
Brian Jean has spoken in favour of a carbon tax in the future, Never Vote for him and jean threw everyone under the bus after the rally, Never vote for him. Jason Kenney waffles about a carbon as well. Yes, that traitor Preston Manning did convince Danielle Smith to cross the floor, so he should NEVER be asked to give us advice. Can’t stand the man now. We need Derek Filderbrand as the true conservative leader with a new party name like "ALBERTA FIRST ".
commented 2016-12-19 01:04:05 -0500
Cameron the carbon tax is STEALING peoples money. The PC’s became corrupt , but Notley is hardly cleaner.
commented 2016-12-19 00:32:00 -0500
Wild rose and pc should not unite because the pc is so rotten in stealing people’s money it makes the ndp look like saints. The wild rose needs a real leader who will actually help Alberta vs pay protestors to go against pipelines.
commented 2016-12-19 00:25:33 -0500
LIZA ROSIE, no need to feel foolish. The kind of exchange I appreciate.
commented 2016-12-18 23:56:16 -0500
Ron Ross… How naïve the Bourgeois are..! If you don’t think threats exist for politicians whose lives are controlled by the monied power behind the curtain, who really knows.?? Maybe they’re threatened or a family member is and their life could be ended in a single accident
like a airplane crash or a heart attack or maybe on vacation… Those things happen every day.!
The more they open their mouth’s the more they sound the same so they are drinking “somebody’s Kool-Aid”
commented 2016-12-18 23:23:20 -0500
Notley knows that a merger between the PC’s and Wildrose would be her demise. The thought of Keeney being successful is making her pretty nervous I would think. Her only chance of survival is another vote split. It’s the only way she has any odds in her favour.
commented 2016-12-18 23:14:55 -0500
Ron, I could have sworn there was an interview where his answer was sketchy, I clearly imagined it, and I feel foolish for my ignorance. I shouldn’t have said it if I wasn’t sure. His opinion is quite definitive in this interview also ,
Jason Kenney: What I will do on my first day as Alberta’s premier
Also, good point about Jean’s response to the possibility of a carbon tax. Said he wouldn’t rule it out. Not good.
commented 2016-12-18 23:13:23 -0500
Of course, Brian Jean wants nothing to do with uniting the Right or defeating the NDP.

All the more reason to kick him to the curb.

Once Kenney is confirmed as leader of the PC party, there must be a concerted effort to oust Jean from the WR leadership. Derek Fildebrandt is telegraphing all the right messages, but he must go further. At some point, he must denounce Jean as a threat to Alberta and begin a movement to oust him.

There is no reason to make any effort to convince Jean of the error of his ways. He is a CINO and must be destroyed.
commented 2016-12-18 21:57:43 -0500
Folks, how about supporting the notion of a true conservative, upholding conservative values and principles, that is *both*a social conservative and a fiscal conservative.
Think about this. It is very unlikely that you will find a social conservative who is also not a fiscal conservative. On the other hand, one can find a lot of self declared fiscal conservatives who act as ‘progressives’ on social issues. At least two of the contenders for the PC leadership that Kenney is facing fit that bill. Stephen Khan casts a vision of “A party rooted in string fiscally conservative principles and moder progressive social values”. Richard Starke pitches himself as having “a vision of building a new party founded on principles of fiscal conservatism and social progressivism”.
commented 2016-12-18 21:36:59 -0500
I can’t say that I am thrilled about the way that Kenney handled the immigration portfolio but let’s not forget that what he did, he did under Harper’s watch. Important,y, immigration is a federal matter and he is now running to be the leader of a provincial party.
With respect to Kenney’s stand on the carbon tax this article from the Financial Post describes Jason Kenney as “Canada’s fiercest carbon-tax killer”:
By the way this article also reports that Wildrose party leader Brian Jean has not ruled out replacing it with a different version, saying, “I can’t tell you that the Wildrose wouldn’t bring in a carbon tax in the future…"! With respect to climate change also noteworthy that the Wildrose currently has an Envuronmental policy statement that the government should reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote alternative green energy sources.
commented 2016-12-18 20:57:52 -0500
I’m late to the party on Lukaszuk then.
As far as Kenny is concerned, two of my main buggaboos are the carbon tax and immigration. He hasn’t given any clear indication on where he stands with those today. I wasn’t satisfied with his fed. temporary foreign worker program or its fairness to Canadians, and as immigration minister he , under Harper brought in too many refugees. Much too multi-cultural for me. He has been evasive about a carbon tax, where does he stand on it?
I’m probably too hard on him, but if there is to be a merger he is the only one who can pull it off.
commented 2016-12-18 20:50:29 -0500
TONY KOTT, I am a member of the PC party, joined a few months ago to support Kenney’s plan to unite the right; not because I like the PC party. I have been a member of the Wildrose Party since 2012. Again, neither I, simply a member low down on the food chain with one vote, or Lukaszuk, will determine anything. Ultimately it will be decided by the grassroots voting delegates. I understand that thus far Kenney has been doing pretty well collecting delegates for the leadership convention that will support him, so Lukaszuk,if he is that influential hasn’t been that effective with his political sway. By the way, the reason that I first joined the Wildrose party was because of a draconian Education Act that Lukaszuk then as Education Minister, was going to introduce.
commented 2016-12-18 20:49:08 -0500
I agree with Bill Elder, you have to purge the PC’s from the top down before you even get to purging the extreme left wing MLAs. As far as I am concerned the PC insiders should not be allowed to merge with the WRP, because we will end up with what the PCs were before WRP became a force in Alberta Politics.
commented 2016-12-18 20:42:27 -0500
LEVITICUS 2013, “The parties were told to merge “or else”.! That’s the only explanation for Kenny being here in the first place.” Kenney hasn’t hidden the fact that promoting a merger is the main reason that he is running to be the PC leader and even Derek Fildebrandt, one of your favourites, supports a merger for good reasons. *No**one* is telling the parties to merge “or else” or has that authority. The grassroots members of both parties will ultimately decide the issue if Kenney wins the leadership of the PC party.
commented 2016-12-18 20:39:03 -0500
Ron Voss, I don’t know if you are a member of the Politcaly Corrupt party or not and if you are how far up the food chain you would be, but I suspect Lukaszuk though only having one vote may have more politcal sway in that party than you or I, if I was a member. And if it was to his benefit I am sure Lukaszuk would have little problem fitting in with the NDP.
commented 2016-12-18 20:25:05 -0500
The parties were told to merge
“or else”.!
That’s the only explanation for Kenny being here in the first place.
Canada is going to suck very shortly as one of the poorest places to live.
commented 2016-12-18 19:45:10 -0500
TONY KOTT, “Lukaszuk is still involved with the PC party”. I expect that he is likely still a member and as such, has one vote just like me. However, the comment was that he should follow Jansen who crossed the floor to join the NDP which he could not do because he is no longer a PC MLA.
commented 2016-12-18 19:37:57 -0500
“Kenney is much too left of center on many issues…”
“The last red PC Tori (sic) that Kenney must could clean out is himself!”
Good grief you folks could write for the leftwing media!
Consider, “Kenney has been an unabashed social conservative in his political career, fighting against abortion and receiving endorsement from the Campaign Life Coaltion,99 and voted against same-sex marriage as a MP…:
commented 2016-12-18 19:32:13 -0500
Lukaszuk is still involved with the PC party. Preston Manning supports a carbon tax. The last person I would take advice from about being Conservative. Remember this, non of the PC’s showed up at the carbon tax protests.
commented 2016-12-18 19:12:50 -0500
LIZA ROSIE, “In a merge, Lulaszuck would have to be one of the first to go. He is a the definition of cino. He should have followed Jansen. And there are definitely others. Kenny is much too left of center on many issues for my liking for sure, but if there is no other way….”.
Lukaszuk, former PC education minister, is no longer a sitting MLA, unlike Sandra Jansen.
“Kenney is much too left of center on many issues”. You’ve got to be kidding. Please elaborate.
commented 2016-12-18 18:58:31 -0500
KEN HANSON, “I will be voting wildrose, I will never vote for the provincial conservatives ever again. kenny…remember when he was on the scold albertans band wagon over the lock her up chant? I haven’t forgotten.” Disappointingly Kenney did scold Albertans, but he did that in a tweet, whereas Brian Jean held a press conference with the media to scold Albertans in a prepared text about the ‘lock her up’ chant!
commented 2016-12-18 18:54:49 -0500
JAMES REID, “Here’s a thought. Why not ask Preston Manning,and for that matter Stephen Harper for advice regarding a merger”. Harper has already thrown his support behind Kenney, ipso facto supporting the merger.
commented 2016-12-18 17:17:12 -0500
Whoa There James Reid!… While Stephen Harper’s advice would be most welcome, wasn’t it Preston Manning who “facilitated” Danielle Smith to cross the floor?… I think that speaks volumes about his judgement these days…
commented 2016-12-18 17:15:24 -0500
I will be voting wildrose, I will never vote for the provincial conservatives ever again. kenny can get fucked, remember when he was on the scold albertans band wagon over the lock her up chant? I haven’t forgotten.
commented 2016-12-18 16:41:47 -0500
Here’s a thought. Why not ask Preston Manning,and for that matter Stephen Harper for advice regarding a merger. Those two have actually done it. Why reinvent the wheel?
commented 2016-12-18 16:23:35 -0500
Brian Jean, what is it they say about nice guys?