A lot of Albertans picture Brian Jean as a hometown hero. He was there for his town of Fort McMurray when the wildfires started, refusing to takea spot that an evacuee might need and opting for camping out instead. He lost homes and possessions in that fire, but he persevered.
That’s not the only time that Jean has seen hardship. Soon after he won the leadership race for the Wildrose Party, he lost his son to what he deems the failed Alberta health care system.
I don’t think that any politician knows Alberta better than Brian Jean. Being a business owner, he’s lived through the ups and downs of a struggling economy.
These experiences helped make Jean’s first address in his town hall series in Airdrie the best I have ever heard from him.
He spoke of the health care system being run by bureaucrats, oil pricing, attacks on farms and our energy industry.
Of course, he also talked about uniting the right and how the Progressive Conservatives need to figure out who they are.
The Wildrose Party has out fundraised all political parties in the province by tens of thousands of dollars. It’s going to take some serious convincing to get their membership to the table to form a third party because right now, the Wildrose are here to stay.
(Jean will be hosting his next town hall in Edmonton on July 25 as a part of his summer tour of Alberta.)