July 07, 2016

Guest JASON KENNEY on his jump into Alberta politics (PLUS what it means for five different parties)

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Yesterday Jason Kenney announced he was leaving federal politics, where he has been a Member of Parliament for 19 years, and he’s throwing his hat into the ring to become the leader of the provincial PC party.

The news caused a splash, and the waves are wobbling five parties, by my count.

First, the PC Party of Alberta. They used to be mighty. Now they’re practically broke, and clearly demoralized. I’m not even sure what they stand for anymore. So obviously Kenney's entry is the biggest deal.

His central campaign mission is to unite the right. Brian Jean, the leader of the Wildrose Party, says he'll enter into such negotiations. Kenney vows these won't be midnight deals in a backroom, as former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith did with former PC premier Jim Prentice.

The third party that will be effected is the Alberta NDP of course. If an election were held today, the NDP would likely lose everywhere except in Edmonton. With a united provincial conservative party, they’d probably lose most of those seats too.

The last two parties are the federal Conservatives and federal Liberals. Kenney was surely the highest profile and best-organized prospective candidate to lead the Conservatives. But he’s gone — and it’s a big void.

And what about the federal Liberals? In a way, they would love to campaign against Kenney — they could paint him as a terrifying social conservative, another westerner. He’s the opposite of their peacock, Justin Trudeau — Kenney is more like a wise owl. And in a few years, people will be sick of the peacock and his selfies, when Canada’s deficits are $40 billion a year, and we’re in a recession, and terrorism continues unchecked by his mosque love-ins.

Five parties wobbled yesterday. But I think it’s important for Alberta to be saved. I think Kenney can do it.

NEXT: The man of the hour himself, Jason Kenney, joins me to talk about it all.

THEN Joel Pollak of Breitbart.com and I talk about the fallout from the FBI's refusal to charge Hillary Clinton.

FINALLY: Your feedback about last night's show about the "Syrian refugee" crisis.

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commented 2016-07-29 10:43:46 -0400
When the word “Progessive” is deleted from the party name, I will again support them and donate. Not until then; this party’s festering progressive wing needs to be amputated.
commented 2016-07-10 13:14:56 -0400
Who will he serve though? Remember he was fondly referred to ‘Curry in a Hurry’ during the Harper era and I’ve seen and read of him visiting the mosques as well. IN fact all of them are now joining Justin at the mosques even on Canada Day and of course throughout the month of June. Who exactly is going to serve, protect Canadians and Canada first and foremost and it matters no whether you are provincial or federal. All the ones wanting to be voted in are currently, according to news articles, video’s and pictures, pandering to the Islamic vote across Canada!
commented 2016-07-09 15:22:11 -0400
I’m a she, and if all you can pick on is typos, I will consider my point proven.
commented 2016-07-09 12:36:20 -0400
“The fact that the Rebel, instead of talking about how great a job Kenney is going to do, is again playing the professional victim, tells us that they re terrified about the simple facts”

Um pardon my lack of being a scientists… I mean scientist Andrew but I think you meant to say “they’re” not “they re.”
commented 2016-07-09 12:12:35 -0400
“The Far Right only stands a chance if they howl loudly enough, for long enough, to convince themselves that their imaginary victimhood actually means something. "

Stands a chance? For what Andrew? (he won’t answer guys)
commented 2016-07-08 20:55:13 -0400
The fact that the Rebel, instead of talking about how great a job Kenney is going to do, is again playing the professional victim, tells us that they re terrified about the simple facts – which is that Kenney knows as well as anybody else that the path to victory lies in the Centre.

The Far Right only stands a chance if they howl loudly enough, for long enough, to convince themselves that their imaginary victimhood actually means something.
commented 2016-07-08 20:02:32 -0400
Brian Jean is a moron and isn’t fit to lead a Boy Scout pack- Kenny had better start talking like a man if he wants the support of die hard Conservatives. It’s bad enough having to tolerate a Princess in Ottawa leading the Country, we don’t need another one in Alberta.
commented 2016-07-08 19:24:12 -0400
God Bless Alberta & Brian & Jason$ unite the right
commented 2016-07-08 19:02:46 -0400
Wow! As much as I truly admire Jason Kenney and want him to “unite the right” in Alberta, thus ousting Rachel Notley and her band of crooks, I cannot believe what Mr. Kenney said about the Keystone XL pipeline.

It was not Canada’s National Energy Board that had the say about the Keystone XL pipeline going down into the United States….it was the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which repeatedly stated that it was a safe environmental project.

It was not Justin Trudeau who put the kibosh on the Keystone XL (apparently, albeit probably falsely, said he was in favour of it), it was the illustrious Barack Hussein Obama. after sitting on the matter for 7 years.

It was, however, our “Dear Leader” Justin Trudeau who nixed the Northern Gateway pipeline due to the fanciful notion that construction would desecrate (lie!) the Great Bear rain forest.

Justin Trudeau is just as much as a poseur as Barack Hussein Obama, except the lucky Americans will be rid of their impotent leader by this coming November and we hapless Canadians will be stuck with our brain-dead prime minister for another three years. Woe are we.
commented 2016-07-08 11:04:31 -0400
Andrew Stephenson, you will be eating those words.
commented 2016-07-08 10:57:53 -0400
I live in BC and I am sick and tired of people here going on about their ‘pristine’ province and how it would be sacrilege to spoil it with a spill. Please tell me where it wouldn’t be. BC is not the only beautiful, pristine place in Canada. It isn’t the only province where a pipeline would go over some sensitive areas. BC doesn’t have the monopoly on being special, except maybe for their idiot mayors.
Brand spanking new pipeline is state of the art. Nothing is 100% safe but we can get pretty darn close to it.
What is in it for BC? All the risk and what benefit? You sound like Christie Clark trying to hold the rest of the country hostage until, until, until, and then pay her a toll on top of it.
BC will benefit as will the entire country, and they should stop with the NIMBY!!
commented 2016-07-08 10:40:17 -0400
Rick Jackson well what does alberta get for the dozens of lines running from north eastern bc to alberta we take all the risk. what is in it for us. Or does your argument only work for bc
commented 2016-07-08 09:36:45 -0400
“Jay Kelly commented 10 hours ago
Andrew mentions “Kenney’s brand of conservatism”.

Surely there a role in Alberta for the Conservatism from of old. I guess we will just have to wait it out.

Federally, is there no hope for a more traditional conservatism? Joe Clark, Brian Mulroney, and Stephen Harper seemed to point to a certain conservatism.

Are we doomed to the Canadian liberalism of “tolerance and sound government” ?

That leaves most of us commentators on The Rebel out. "

I think port of the issue is people don’t recognize “traditional conservatism” anymore. The Alberta PCs drifted left without anybody really noticing except in retrospect, and the Wildrose are quite Big C rather than traditional.The true expansion territory lies in the middle of the spectrum – not by trying to cannibalize the Wildrose base (which for obvious reasons, we see here, won’t work) but by collecting disillusioned NDP voters who will not ever vote for a far right group and retaining the scraps (which is actually about 30%) that stayed with the PCs despite their identity crisis.

That being said, I believe Kenney probably realizes this. As obnoxious as he can be, he is also quite astute and from a strategic standpoint, likely up there with Harper who similarly knew victory lay in the middle.

There is a certain appreciation for traditional small c conservatism in Canada, however in recent years the Liberals have often moved into this territory particularly in the Chretien/Martin era, and most provincial liberals now lie firmly in this realm as well. Between this and the rise of the militant social conservatives, the traditional conservatives have largely drifted away. Harper kept the party firmly centrist, and I suspect Kenney will do the same (of course, the real radicals fled the PC party years ago, making his job much simpler). This is mostly a matter of perception; the principles are still extant but not necessarily a hallmark of the traditional conservative party.

As for Rebel readers, something to bear in mind is that although vocal, you’re not a huge demographic and definitely not the valuable swing vote. It’s simple political strategy that you will not be of much concern – if the political spectrum follows a roughly Gaussian distribution (Bell curve) they’re going to worry about the juicy middle parts, not the right-end tail. There will almost certainly be traditional conservative governments in the future (which may or may not be provided by the nominal conservative party), but since the defining feature of this group seems to be social conservatism, yes, that is not ever going to happen. Just watch – the Federal CPCs are going to stay in the middle, I very strongly suspect Kenney will take the same middle of the road approach as Harper – if the parties do merge, which I doubt, watch the real firebrands and controversial outspoken social conservatives get dropped from the nominations. He is after the centrists.
commented 2016-07-08 09:07:26 -0400
I hate to agree with Anonymous, but Kenny might be better off creating a new party so as only those that are true Conservatives can join so as to weed out all the leftards and socialist creeps now infesting the PC party like scum soaked maggots.

But since he is going to try to clean up the PC party from within, the best of luck to him!
commented 2016-07-08 03:00:12 -0400
Alberta should do what Saskatchewan did. Have their own provincial party, and kick the provincial progressive conservative party to the curb. All right wing Albertans should flock over to the Wild Rose and forget all about the progressive conservative party.

Kenny leaving federal politics is a good indicator of what chances the conservative party has in the next election. Trudeau will be in office for a long time.
commented 2016-07-08 01:37:22 -0400
I am personally very happy that a person with enough credibility to bring real conservatives together has saw fit to become a player in the Alberta scene. He has the ability, to take the Alberta PCs from a never again party to a strong part of the dialogue in rebuilding Alberta.

His answers to your questions, to me, showed a clear understanding of the reality on the ground. He did not come out was statements, phrases etc. that we necessarily wanted to hear, instead showed a clear understanding of the reality of the situation.

I will follow with great interest is progress towards reuniting true conservatives under a flag of defeating the treachery that has fallen on all Albertans. Where he follows this path, I will provide my full support to his efforts. Long live Alberta!!

I personally am very happy that this 2nd chance has been granted to Alberta. I for one had come to a point where I was writing Alberta off as a loss, again, long live Alberta.
commented 2016-07-08 01:19:17 -0400
Christy Clark is holding up the pipeline because it crosses 1200 water sheds through mountainous terrain we get almost nothing simply put we take all the risk with none of the reward I’m all for pipelines but I know the ground that line has to cross from the Alberta border to Kitimat and I know there is not one spot on that line that a spill wouldn’t go immediately in to a water way.

I hate to see jobs and development go east but in this case I think that would be the better way to go unless they could beef up the pipe line and build it in a way that in the event of a spill they could stop the flow right a way it definitely would be an expensive line to build the biggest problem with mountains they don’t just sit there they move all the time we had one line in Chetwynd B. C. pull it self apart because the down hill portion got to heavy and exceeded the tensile strength of the pipe it self at the bottom of every hill here is a stream of some kind as a welder I think it could be built strong enough but the cost would be enormous
Keep up the good work Ezra and the rest at the rebel and lets keep fighting
commented 2016-07-07 23:59:12 -0400
Jason Kenney is not “slippery” if that means he tries to squeeze out of situations. Jason Kenney has shown himself to be quite solid. A Conservative wanting to help the Conservative cause.

The reason he has never spoken out about abortion is because he was pressured by his leader.
commented 2016-07-07 23:55:30 -0400
Andrew Stephenson, reading your last comment makes me wonder, did your parents go to Woodstock and ignore the warnings about the brown acid?
commented 2016-07-07 23:40:10 -0400
Hypocritically Hillary Clinton had no problem labeling the use of secret emails by the Bush administration as corruption and went so far as to call it the shredding of the constitution until she was caught at it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIyNoyTexxQ
commented 2016-07-07 23:31:11 -0400
There is nothing ‘slippery’ about Jason Kenney. He is an honest man, and I defy anyone to come up with a situation where he hasn’t been. He didn’t have an immediate answer for the cap on emissions. He has reserved judgement. I don’t agree with a cap but I respect that he didn’t answer when he couldn’t at this time in good conscience.
Every other question he answered definitively, and to go back on any of them would make those answers lies. I don’t for one minute think he would. He is not that kind of politician.
James he is modelling after the feds not the disgraced Alberta cons. I believe he can successfully merge with the Wildrose. He had better, because its our best chance to get rid of the NDP .
commented 2016-07-07 23:22:02 -0400
That is some take on things Andrew.
commented 2016-07-07 23:20:06 -0400
Jason Kenney appears to have all of the answers, no matter what the question. Seems very Slippery to me. Like an NDP career Politician (Dig intended). Can’t see me voting for anything that is called Conservative or Progressive or NDP or Liberal or Green in whats left of my lifetime.
They are all crooked, they all lie, they all are corrupt.
commented 2016-07-07 23:19:20 -0400
He’s going to have to clean house in he PC exec from the top down and purge the reds back to the dips where they belong
commented 2016-07-07 23:13:55 -0400
Andrew mentions “Kenney’s brand of conservatism”.

Surely there a role in Alberta for the Conservatism from of old. I guess we will just have to wait it out.

Federally, is there no hope for a more traditional conservatism? Joe Clark, Brian Mulroney, and Stephen Harper seemed to point to a certain conservatism.

Are we doomed to the Canadian liberalism of “tolerance and sound government” ?

That leaves most of us commentators on The Rebel out.
commented 2016-07-07 23:04:06 -0400
The PC’s current base is largely centrist, the rightists being in WR. Who wins? Most current WR MLAs will lose, as they may or may not survive an amalgamation with their position intact. The PCs almost certainly lose because they alienate their voters and most of their own established structure. I dont’ suspect either party will like joining forces, and likely remain separate, competing for the same pool of right wing votes.

The abandoned centrists now have nobody to vote for. They’ll go to the NDP, who is the big winner here since those centrist votes are key to winning the next election.

This does not change the Federal picture. No matter what happens there, Trudeau is almost certain to be re-elected in 2019. The next “competitive election” is possibly 2023, or more likely 2027, by which point Kenney’s brand of conservatism will be almost certainly obsolete under changing demographics and the gradual leftward drift of society.
commented 2016-07-07 22:25:59 -0400
You asked all the right questions Ezra. I liked all of Kenney’s answers except for his vacillation on the cap. No carbon tax is the right answer, but giving into the myth that Alberta oil and gas extraction causes any important level of carbon dioxide is the wrong thing to do. If any, there should only be a cap to keep emissions where they were before Notely and Justin got in.
Other than that and his reputation surrounding immigration, which is what should be ‘capped’, I have faith in Kenney as the best solution for Alberta.
commented 2016-07-07 22:20:49 -0400
I agree. We have to drop the progressive title and start over. That government got whipped bad. I’m truly disappointed that JK won’t be in federal government. We need him there. I can understand though. We could sure use him but The Wildrose don’t need anything but an election to oust the NDP. I wish the FBI director would admit that he was coerced and bribed to absolve obvious corruption. I fear my supervisor is correct when he tells me the US election is already bought and decided by unelected, unaccountable forces
commented 2016-07-07 22:11:00 -0400
Pretty sure Jason will win the next election . This will help the federal Conservatives also.If Jason can bring back Alberta to a have province that will be 3 provinces leading the way. It might just sway voters in a federal election to swing to the right
commented 2016-07-07 22:09:56 -0400
Jay Kelly; Ah yes, that famous oft-quoted poll. The one which pits the “popularity” of our so-called prime minister against Rona Ambrose who is not eligible to run for that position, Tom Mulcair who has already been fired (by his own people, no less), Elizabeth May the drunkard from Connecticut who represents the party of one, and of course, missing from the available choices was “None of the above”.
Considering these aspects of this rigged poll, and the likelihood that it’s just being ignored by anyone other than die-hard liberals, it shouldn’t be surprising for the little fascist thug to be somewhere in the 90 to 100% range. The fact that he can only muster a sixty-something percentage is revealing the damning evidence that a great many who supported him in the election are already experiencing buyer’s remorse.