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.
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