September 15, 2017

Allegations swirl around Brian Jean: Campaign in trouble or dirty leadership politics?

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

In order to publicly announce his endorsement of Jason Kenney to lead Alberta’s United Conservative Party, UCP MLA Jason Nixon had to step down as house Whip. So, why wouldn’t he just keep quiet and make his point with a vote on October 28th? 

At a media scrum after the endorsement, Nixon told PostMedia’s James Wood that Brian Jean didn’t tell anyone in the Wildrose Caucus about the $322K plus deficit he brought into the UCP.

That’s a pretty serious allegation, so I reached out to Brian Jean’s campaign to get their side of the story.

They deny all the claims but watch my video for the details. The campaign let me look at caucus meeting notes and provided details on the hires that media sources are claiming contributed to the huge deficit.

Added to this was a kerfuffle about Jean’s campaign apparently jumping the gun on publishing an endorsement from the Mayor of Rimbey that wasn’t supposed to be made public.

Brian Jean has had a rough week, but can we trust the allegations against him?

We’re left to wonder— either this is a campaign in damage control mode, or it's just what can be expected from dirty leadership politics.

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commented 2017-09-18 01:15:16 -0400
LIZA ROSIE commented 1 day ago
If someone who calls themselves a conservative is advocating for a carbon tax and buying into the lies and restrictions laid out by a foreign body, and even trying to convince us they must follow along, is not a conservative.
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The above sounds like a very common sense statement to me and not to mention a poke in the eye for the climate change alarmists as well as a patriot concerned about the future of our country..!!
commented 2017-09-17 23:59:31 -0400
Liza Rosie,

And you are still as crazy, delusional and ignorant as you were since Day 1 of The Rebel – where even other conservatives thought you were nuts.
commented 2017-09-17 20:56:58 -0400
Mr. Elder I echo your sentiments exactly ..

Derrick was the natural choice as the leader of the UPC… However as you pointed out power politics will have its way and good men will be pushed aside so that that bad man can fill the vacuum that they just created.!!
commented 2017-09-17 18:20:51 -0400
“The sad fact is it is those who promote the invalidated CAGW hypothesis who are unsupported by any scientific evidence. "

Actually, that doesn’t invalidate anything. Reducing confidence in one conclusion (that warming is partly driven by humans) does not prove the alternative (that it’s purely a natural phenomenon). To disprove it, you actually have to disprove it, which is to say, prove it’s entirely natural.

This is particularly hard when your argument is predicated on attacking the very models you’d need to do so.

Of note, both your argument, and William Elder’s, dispute the scale of human influence rather than the existence of human influence. Overestimating the impact of humans by some factor doesn’t mean it’s not occurring, only that it’s less than other models predict.

IPCC models predict warming, and things like thermal expansion of the oceans indicate that warming is occurring, even if some local datasets buck the trend. There’s a reason it’’s called global, it’s an average effect, some areas will feel it more than others. in fact here as others make the simple mistake of assuming it’s a tropical phenomenon, when in fact its’ expected to be primarily a temperate and polar phenomenon. The tropical datasets don’t’ show much change, but they’re not expected to.
commented 2017-09-17 12:44:17 -0400
Fildebrandt was an advocate for the creation of the United Conservative Party of Alberta and was a founding member of the Party. He made several public statements throughout 2016, but most notoriously on December 14, 2016, when he broke ranks with Brain Jean and openly called for a merger of the Wildrose and PC Parties – he was and is the natural leader of this new libertarian-based big tent party.

But he was stabbed in the back by Jean and the PC CINOs twisted the blade. The UCP is just the re-branded PC party with all the old CINOs running it.
commented 2017-09-17 09:42:56 -0400
“Climate change denial is nothing more than virtue signaling to the far right. It’s completely unsupported by any scientific evidence. That’s why most politicians acknowledge it as something that is somewhere between plausible and occurring.” Who cares what politicians acknowledge? The sad fact is it is those who promote the invalidated CAGW hypothesis who are unsupported by any scientific evidence. Ask any cLIEmate UNscientist to provide even a single model that has any predictive skill, or to list ALL climate forcing’s in order from most to least effective and then to quantify them. See what happens. Not one IPCC Model has skillfully predicted recent or any climate. Even after all the fudged data “adjustments”. http://jennifermarohasy.com/2009/06/how-the-us-temperature-record-is-adjusted/ 72 IPCC Models run on Billion Dollar super computers all failed. All they have is fiddled data and assumptions refuted by observations. http://joannenova.com.au/2013/06/even-with-the-best-models-warmest-decades-most-co2-models-are-proven-failures/ Here is what one of the Greatest advocates for the Scientific Method has to say about failed predictions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b240PGCMwV0
commented 2017-09-17 06:10:04 -0400
Things are bad for the UCP and getting worse.

The CINOS are out in full force and they are about to give away the whole farm.

Derek Fildebrand was the best hope, but internal smear tactics in the UCP took care of him.

While far too many fat heads are making claims that a turd could beat the Notley and the NDP, think again. That’s the same thinking that Prentice had: he lost and he’s dead now, so we all know where that bad idea will get you.

Time to accept the reality that you are war with Notley and her Progressivist-Sodomite fellow travelers, and the sooner you accept that fact, they better off you will be.

War is coming.

Be ready.
commented 2017-09-17 00:54:54 -0400
All knowing Andy…….not one person will dispute climate change, it happens daily, monthly, hourly, it is called weather. Now the rhetoric of man made climate change, well….if you choose to drink that kool-aid, that is your own gig. But for people that have the ability to think on their own, we don’t buy into taxes making the earths weather better. Calling Co2 pollution is as stupid as calling oxygen a poisonous gas, sheer stupidity. Believe what you want, but don’t expect us realists to follow your dogma blindly like the good lemming you are. clown!
commented 2017-09-17 00:25:42 -0400
If someone who calls themselves a conservative is advocating for a carbon tax and buying into the lies and restrictions laid out by a foreign body, and even trying to convince us they must follow along, is not a conservative.
commented 2017-09-17 00:22:25 -0400
‘Climate change denial is nothing more than virtue signaling to the far right.’

Says Stevenson who is desperately using the Alinsky technique of using OUR language to disparage us because they have no argument. The left knows and is even starting to admit that this isn’t really about climate change, it’s about social engineering and jobs and investment and power for a scant group of elites. It is a choreographed, fabricated industry premised on a lie. We’ll see how well that works. So frickin transparent!
The ‘virtue signally’ which has always been a left wing thing, has never been anything but a means to control stupid people. Conservatives do not use virtue signalling.
commented 2017-09-17 00:06:41 -0400
Jimmy. paid troll. I notice you cleaned up your mouth a bit under your new moniker, but the slop is still the same.
commented 2017-09-16 22:47:57 -0400
Terry MacLeod,

No I can’t – because I get banned on The Rebel, home of the free speech crusade.
commented 2017-09-16 22:36:21 -0400
Climate alarmists in the LPC continue to back erroneous models and research that has been clearly proven false.

Very interesting videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEPW_P7GVB8

Warmists Stunned by Roger Pielke in Senate Testimony on Climate Change
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN_oynx1D8w

Lord Monckton on Climate Change (Another Must See)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiPhXeVrYAo

Carbon Taxes; kneecapping Canadian Oil and Gas industry; social license jargon etc…is a massive scheme to steal more money from the taxpayer and redistribute wealth as developed by the corrupt UN and globalists who want to create energy poverty and force a dependence on Saudi Arabia, Qatar….
commented 2017-09-16 18:03:40 -0400
A) The climate changes – has been since this rock cooled and made a climate
B) Humans are less than a minuscule factor in this process
C) It has been much hotter and much colder in the past and life survived
D) There is NO climate crisis – crisis only exists in math-flawed models
E) The major contributors to climate in this post-glacial warming period is sun spot activity and ocean out gassing – yuppies with SUVs have nothing to do with this process.
F) The climate crisis charts/predictors from models have mathematically miscalculated the carbon IR feed back sensitivity by a factor of 2.5 or roughly 40% – when the models are corrected to comply with the corrected sensitivity algorithm they align with measured temperatures and indicate there could be up to 2.5 times more CO2 production and temperatures would stay within historic norms.
commented 2017-09-16 17:46:42 -0400
AS says:
“That’s why most politicians acknowledge it as something that is somewhere between plausible and occurring.”
That’s called consensus, dangerous and not scientific at all. Butter and eggs used to be serious consensus bad guys.
commented 2017-09-16 17:06:26 -0400
Andrew Stevenson… You’re Beyond stupid. Canada doesn’t have enough population to alter its climate so what you’re saying is the Chinese are responsible for Canadians having longer summers and milder winters… Anybody who believes in climate change hysteria has been swimming in the Kool-Aid.!! The planet cycles warmer and cooler..!! How gullible can people actually be.??? We need to keep the liberal pedophiles away from our children.!!!
commented 2017-09-16 16:47:29 -0400
If a PC, like a Librano, is fogging a mirror – they’re running con.
commented 2017-09-16 15:06:15 -0400
Canadian Mongrel commented -
“Just to throw another strand to the discussion. Who did the hit and run on Fildebrandt? It is generally accepted to be Jean W/R insiders, but it could have been Kenney W/R insiders as well. Or…a combination fearing a Fildebrandt victory.”

- To be honest, I think it was Brian Jean because he’s already thrown Derek under the bus, and he knows the support that Derek has with WR members. He was pretty quick to try to remove him from his post, when Derek had Wynnie on the mats in our legislature. I was proud that Derek spoke up about the wicked witch of the east. There was such an uproar, because Wynnie was passing on her evil to our commie Rachel, and we couldn’t have the public seeing through the NDP’s plans of destruction. Brian Jean was to quick too agree with Rachel and the MSM liars.

Fildebrandt probably had the best shot of the three to become leader because, beside the first choice of his true supporters, he would have been second choice of supporters for Kenney and Jean on the ranked ballot. Both Jean and Kenney realized this.
- I agree, he would have had my vote for sure. He’s got a strong character, and he’s well spoken. If he doesn’t run this time, I hope he’s working on it for the future! He was definitely removed from competition. I still think it was Brian Jean.
commented 2017-09-16 13:27:18 -0400
“Peter Netterville commented 17 mins ago
Andrew, are you still believing in the climate change fairy tale? "

The climate is changing, and current evidence supports the hypothesis that human activity is contributing to it.

What part is a “fairly tale”? The climate is changing, and things like receding glaciers and sea levels rising due to thermal expansion are pretty indisputable evidence that it is. The only controversy here is the cause, and to declare it “fairy tale” – unequivocally false – requires a degree of evidence which does not presently exist.

Do not fall into the massive gulf between skepticism and denial. Being skeptical of one cause does not automatically prove another. It’’s valid to decide the supporting evidence isn’t robust enough to support the theory… but that doesn’t disprove it. It just leaves you uncertain. To disprove it you actually have to disprove it, which in this case would be to show a model in which climate change is purely a natural phenomenon – and that model has to be as supportable or better than the prevailing models. Attacking the credibility of others does not prove your side. It only increases the size of the question mark in the middle.

To that ends, I reject your “fairy tale” terminology as it represents a conclusion (that anthropogenic climate change is impossible) that is not possible to empirically determine. But, overall, yes, I believe that based upon current knowledge, that humans are one of the variables influencing observed changes.
commented 2017-09-16 13:11:42 -0400
Nailed it PETER. The great AGW lie sustains greedy parasites and is spread and swallowed by fools.
commented 2017-09-16 13:11:05 -0400
Ah, Peter, where would we be without your platitudes and vague ad-hominems?

I’m kind of curious as to why you think it’s “low IQ”? Do you feel getting a PhD is something accessible to low-IQ individuals? Why, then, is support so widespread in the scientific community (so widespread that, in fact, the primary argument against it is a Forbes article showing that only about 80% of scientists support it, and another 15% consider it plausible but not conclusive)?

Meanwhile denial runs in the Canadian equivalent of “deplorables”, those who have been left behind by the modern world and find outlets for their disillusionment in places like the Rebel. Do you feel that such individuals have higher IQs than people with PhDs?

You can call it “religion” all you want, that’s purely semantic. It’s a “religion” that seems borne out by the majority of evidence. If anything denialism seems to be more religious as the evidence they have is much weaker, to the point they can do nothing but try to attack the credibility of others in the hopes nobody notices they’ve provided no evidence of their own.
commented 2017-09-16 12:57:24 -0400
Andrew, are you still believing in the climate change fairy tale?
commented 2017-09-16 12:16:04 -0400
It would not be so bad that the fools that believe anthropogenic climate change worship their religion if only they did not massacre the economy while doing it.
commented 2017-09-16 12:13:10 -0400
Proponents of anthropogenic climate change have no facts to support their “theory”. It is all virtue signaling of the low IQ and of those who stand to profit from the lie.
commented 2017-09-16 11:29:15 -0400
Climate change denial is nothing more than virtue signaling to the far right. It’s completely unsupported by any scientific evidence. That’s why most politicians acknowledge it as something that is somewhere between plausible and occurring.
commented 2017-09-16 10:49:30 -0400
James Van Halen, can you not just stick to one alias and be done with it.
commented 2017-09-16 10:24:07 -0400
JAMIE MACMASTER commented, “Kenney, Jean, shrug. Neither one of them has had the guts or the honesty to call out all this apocalyptic climate change/global warming horseshit.” However, neither does any other politician in Canada apart from Brad Trost. Of the two, Jean and Kenney, Jean is much more a devotee to man-made climate change (just check out his statements when a Conservative MP) and Kenney is more nuanced in his position on climate change.
commented 2017-09-16 09:09:33 -0400
Good thoughts on both candidates below.

Just to throw another strand to the discussion. Who did the hit and run on Fildebrandt? It is generally accepted to be Jean W/R insiders, but it could have been Kenney W/R insiders as well. Or…a combination fearing a Fildebrandt victory.

Fildebrandt probably had the best shot of the three to become leader because, beside the first choice of his true supporters, he would have been second choice of supporters for Kenney and Jean on the ranked ballot. Both Jean and Kenney realized this.

Thoughts?
commented 2017-09-16 07:58:37 -0400
Kenney, Jean, shrug. Neither one of them has had the guts or the honesty to call out all this apocalyptic climate change/global warming horseshit.
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