July 25, 2017

Brian Jean backtracks on leftward lean at official campaign kick-off

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Alberta’s new United Conservatives wasted no time getting to work by holding their first official meeting on Monday and choosing former Wildrose and now UCP MLA Nathan Cooper as interim leader. 

Brian Jean also had a busy day coming from Edmonton to Airdrie where he officially kicked off his leadership campaign.

An emotional Jean gave a short speech promising to be fiscally conservative, reverse the carbon tax and fix the healthcare and education systems.

He advocated for school choice and also said he won’t let the Feds push Alberta around, promising to promote a fair equalization system.

Jean also seemed to backtrack on comments he made about not axing public sector jobs and answered questions about what sets him apart from Jason Kenney, who will be announcing his official leadership bid in the coming days.

Watch my video for all of the details on Brian Jean’s announcement.

At this point, it's only Jean, former leader of the Progressive Conservatives Jason Kenney and Calgary lawyer Doug Schweitzer in the race.

Stay tuned for all the news on what is sure to be an exciting United Conservative leadership race!

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commented 2017-07-27 00:13:22 -0400
Can’t agree with you there Bill. Bernard is way too much of an Islam apologist. Too much of a naive optimist when it comes to Islam for me. Bernard is smart, but not tough. His heart is on his sleeve, and that is not a good look for any leader. It gets us politicians who sit in the middle of the road and end up being road kill.

Ron Voss on Jean, I couldn’t agree more, but since I no longer live in Alberta I am trying to keep my mouth shut. I love Alberta, she is a part of me now, and I wish her only the best.
commented 2017-07-25 21:24:38 -0400
I wish Derrick Filderbrant would run..
So much needs to be reversed then repaired.!!!
commented 2017-07-25 21:24:37 -0400
I wish Derrick Filderbrant would run..
So much needs to be reversed then repaired.!!!
commented 2017-07-25 21:21:00 -0400
Ron… That is true..I was there and I forgot about that.!!
(must be getting old)
I am not a big fan of the queer crowd either…
commented 2017-07-25 21:12:17 -0400
I wish Bernard the roughneck would run.
commented 2017-07-25 20:43:32 -0400
FLAT EARTH, I was one of those who stood in the cold in front of the Edmonton legislature hearing about the devastation caused by Notley and joined the chorus of ‘lock her up’. He also accused the crowd of homophobia, embracing the language of the left, because there happened to be one single sign in the crowd saying, “No gay activists in our schools”. He indicated that people like that weren’t welcome in the (his) Wildrose party.
commented 2017-07-25 20:32:23 -0400
Brian Jean and the rest of the trough feeders outlived any usefulness they may have had when they condemned the good people of this province on nationwide TV when we chanted “lock her up”… That says it all… That says who to vote for and who to cast aside.
commented 2017-07-25 18:42:04 -0400
MAC CUMMING commented at the Rebel on May 30, 2016, “It is well past the time for politicians to tell the truth on the hoax of climate change and the truth about the colossal lie about carbon taxes. I personally will not vote for any politician who advocates for these untruths.” Brian Jean supported the notion of climate change when he was a federal conservative MP and was quite comfortable with the Wildrose policy statement stating that GHG emissions need to be reduced and green energies needed to be promoted. And he’s exactly what Alberta needs as a premier?
commented 2017-07-25 18:39:52 -0400
As posted before, my vote Oct 28 will go to the candidate with a clear plan to reconstruct Alberta. Such as how will investment be brought back, how will jobs be brought back, how will Notley refugees be brought back. It is fine to say the NDP policies will be reversed, that is expected, but with the destruction that occurred we need a solis recovery plan. That was the secret to success for both Lougheed and Klein, they had a plan to move forward.
commented 2017-07-25 18:14:47 -0400
I believe that Brian Jean is exactly what we need as premier because of his experience and common sense. He has done a commendable job as leader of the opposition and has held Notleys feet to the fire.
commented 2017-07-25 18:02:51 -0400
Brian has proven that he’s not a leader, on more than one occasion. I don’t respect appeasers and apologists. He should be standing up the unions, and he’s going to cater to them instead. That’s not what we need here. We need a Ralph Klein, not a Patrick Brown.
commented 2017-07-25 17:26:52 -0400
I know it’s an old adage, but actions speak louder than words. Jean’s actions bely his words. I never trust a politician that “backtracks”.

Nothing yet has convinced me to not back Derek … should he actually run for party leader.
commented 2017-07-25 17:20:34 -0400
Ron voss…
We agree.!!! His true colors were never more true when he chastise the good people of this province for chanting “lock her up”.!!
He talks the big tough talk to the little people he thinks he can push around but what it comes standing up to pressure from the media or political parties with a different level of authority than his own he is a marshmallow.!!
He is now catering to special interest groups and that is only the beginning of his left of center attitude.
commented 2017-07-25 16:42:15 -0400
Jean, like a weathervane blows in the wind and capitulates to the media. He is weak on standing up for parental rights in education, just meaningless words.