February 11, 2017

Final PC leader debate leaves one man standing on key issues: Unity and carbon tax

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The Progressive Conservatives had their final debate before the March 18th vote for a new leader. Candidates answered questions ranging from municipal-provincial relations, to the economy, but there were two topics they disagreed on – unity and the carbon tax.

In my opinion, Richard Starke and Byron Nelson are way off on unity. Starke says it isn’t an option because a third party will be Wildrose 2.0, too far right, and that if people wanted to vote for Wildrose, they’d be the governing party right now.

Nelson’s equally weak excuse is that unification would take too long to organize and conservatives wouldn’t win an election until 2023.

Polls on the subject consistently show conservatives want unity. In fact, they wanted it yesterday and Jason Kenney is the only candidate campaigning on that plan.

As for a carbon tax, Nelson supports the idea and we all know how the majority of Albertans feel about this cash grab that will just line the government’s pockets.

Overall, Nelson has two points against him because he’s on board with a carbon tax and he’d rather rebuild the Progressive Conservative party than unite and create a third party.

Starke has one point against him because he’s also against the unification plan.

That leaves only one man for the job.

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commented 2017-02-13 21:56:15 -0500
Sally citizen… You are listening to your feelings and you’re not listening to what is objectively going on..!!
commented 2017-02-13 02:38:31 -0500
This leadership race is really a no brainer.
commented 2017-02-13 00:36:59 -0500
Oops….off topic, oh well…..who can we find to stand up to the msm, Democrats, Libtards, all the talkshows, so called comedians, Follywood, precious butthurt snowflakes, republicans, conservatives, globalists, etc. etc., slammed, ridiculed, slandered, stepped on for over 2 years, with barely batting an eye, and still being called Trump instead of President Trump, by our demonic ctv, cbc, global msm lefties with mental disorder, still reasonably, calm, cool, collected, fighting the courts of hell…..oops, forgot what my point was, oh yea! Who do we have?
commented 2017-02-13 00:15:01 -0500
Fauxpresobamaphobia: the irrational fear to prosecute someone for treason.
commented 2017-02-12 16:44:56 -0500
Why is Obama still yakking? Obama…don’t go away mad girl…just go away!…old motley crew tune.
commented 2017-02-12 12:12:19 -0500
I think Kenney is the best choice to lead Alberta. Anyone who supports a carbon tax in any form is DOA in my books.
You are all so right, Trudeau needs to go. Who can beat him? My choices are O’Leary & Bernier. Kelly is great, but I don’t think she can be him, furthermore the media has slaughtered her on her Immigrant Questioning , which by the way I do support. I don’t think it is racist or phobic in any way to ask new comers to Canada if they support Canadian values. That should be a given.
commented 2017-02-12 11:01:04 -0500
ANY politician who wants to tax you in the name of a fraudulent climate crisis should be indicted for fraud and breach of public trust.
commented 2017-02-12 08:26:34 -0500
Kenny is the only one who can unite the right. These other two are part of the problem, Kenny needs to clean house and start with the red tories (liberals) who claim to be cons but in reality are liberals, Redford said it all THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHERS PC PARTY no kidding these two Sandra jenson and plenty more ARE THE PROBLEM.
commented 2017-02-12 01:12:18 -0500
Many people are probably not aware that Starke’s main campaign fund raiser is James Roth, a Calgary lawyer. Roth has filed papers with the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta trying to get Kenney kicked out of the leadership race because of his campaign to unite the right which would dissolve the PC party. Roth has donated upwards of $10,000 to Notley and Trudeau election campaigns. Things are heating up and some of the rats are coming out of the shadows.
commented 2017-02-12 00:18:03 -0500
Sorry Holly, Starke has at least 2 points against him claiming that Kenney would take the party too far to the right and declaring himself a progressive on social issues, a Sandra Jansen in a blue suit.
commented 2017-02-11 21:51:14 -0500
I am hopeful but at the very least we need to insert a very strong and persistent opposition. Someone who will fight for us in Ottawa, against Trudeau not with him.
Keep in mind that there is still a lot of time between now and the federal election, just think of how many more people Justin is going to tick off in that time. He is losing his base.
commented 2017-02-11 21:01:24 -0500
Liza Rosie: I’m in that same kind of what da? frame of mind..Canadians have to wake up and do their home work for @#$!$ sake! The yanks are finally investigating their political leaders, because of President Trump.

Can Canada still exist after 4 years with Trudeau II ? How depressing with that thought!! True Americans are celebrating with the positive energy from the Trump Team.. look what we have..?? sweet f@%k all..Thanks Trudeau..Wynne… Notley.. for your non/zero support/leadership…leadership should never be beside your names ever again.
commented 2017-02-11 20:20:41 -0500
I couldn’t agree with you more Rob, and I understand what you are saying, but Leitch doesn’t convince me that she has convinced herself. Trump always exuded absolute confidence and I never doubted he would do what he said he would. I never doubted that he believed in himself or could ever allow himself to be bullied or swayed. I just don’t feel that same confidence with Leitch. She recites her lines but doesn’t go into any detail ,even in an interview where the interviewer is giving her free run to answer. There is a lot more to the run away immigration problem than vetting. All she ever says is ‘Canadians have told me they want refugees properly vetted’. She won’t go deeper into any subject. I am just not that into her. She might be third on my list but my other pics would be Lemieux, Scheer, and Trost (maybe, if he can break out), in which case Kellie would be off my list. I need to listen to another debate, but so far I wouldn’t consider any of the others who are running. I don’t know if we have anyone who can beat Justin other than O’Leary, but except for the economy, that would be as bad as Justin, as far as immigration, or the military are concerned, just for two examples. I wish there was a Trump out there but so far I don’t see one. Kellie does not fit the bill for me.
commented 2017-02-11 19:46:35 -0500
Liza Rosie: When President Trump entered the US Presidential Elections…A lot of people thought he was a loser/lark/joke..but..when I saw him going down that escalator..my gut was telling me something..then my brain got the message..the crazy son of gun will do it!! And he did! He is still battling the against the crazy hyenas in heat that are hateful. You said your self..thank God for President Trump. We need someone in Canada that will wake up the non voters and bring exposure to Trudeau’s take-down agenda of Canada?
commented 2017-02-11 19:17:39 -0500
While I hope Kenny wins, it really makes no difference to the political landscape in Alberta. W/R does not need the help from pseudo-conservatives to win in 2020, constitutional mandate. In fact, a Kenny loss would drive home to the remaining true conservatives in the P/C’s that there is only one tent.

That said, I desie a reunification for the no holds barred debate between Jean, Fildebrandt, and Kenny as leadership candidates for the unified party. The conservative movement will be stronger and Notley’s nightmare. Maybe even Baby Doc’s since the conservatives federally are a step behind the conservative evolution as determined by Alberta: Manning-Diefenbaker, Lougheed-Mulroney, Klein-Harper. Only God knows where Joe Clarke came from.
commented 2017-02-11 19:01:58 -0500
Rob, with all due respect, do you think she can beat Justin? Have you listened to her in debate? I know she says a lot of things which resonate, but I swear she has a pull cord out the back of her neck. She repeats the same lines over and over and never convincingly answers any question posed to her. Check her out on Andrew Lawton’s radio podcast, she is like a broken record no matter how many times she is asked the same question. No way does she have my vote. Even if by some miracle she beat Justin, I am not anywhere close to believing she would actually pull off anything she says she will if elected. just my opinion.

But back to the Alberta PC’s. There needs to be a lot of house cleaning done. Any conservative candidate fed or Provincial who is for the carbon tax is no conservative and should be drummed out, never mind hold the leadership of the party.
Kenny it is I guess.
commented 2017-02-11 17:22:55 -0500
At Lawrence O’Byrne: Yes she is, let’s hope she start’s turning up the volume soon! A lot of Canadians are asleep or not in tune with the current crisis that is evolving with the Trudeau extremist liberals.
commented 2017-02-11 17:18:53 -0500
Kenny may be ok provincially, but I hope he never runs federally. Too pro immigration. Determined we need to import workers. He is a broken record on those two items. Looks like Kenny is the only choice if uniting the right is going to happen.
commented 2017-02-11 17:08:03 -0500
kellie is against carbon tax and stands for canadian values and getting rid of turdo’s luggenpresse CBC .
commented 2017-02-11 16:43:51 -0500
Go Jason. Unity will only strengthen the PCs, which many still distrust. Wildrose has solid support and without unification with Wildrose, that’s when we might see “2023” for conservatives.
commented 2017-02-11 16:35:55 -0500
Well duh. Of course Kenney is the guy. Alberta has ONE chance with Trump in office to right a major screw up. The last thing Alberta needs is a Patrick Brown-Hudak-Tory limp dick conservative type. Don’t forget Alberta, it took Klein basically 20 YEARS to right Alberta. Screw this up and you may as well move the flames to quebec city and go back to rustling cattle and shit kicking, while edmonton can go back to panning the river for gold. BTW what in the f$%^ ever happened to “Please God, give us another oil boom, we promise not to piss it away this time.”? Oh that’s right, a stream of U-Hauls from eastern Canada followed it in. Kindly don’t run over anything on the way out. Assholes.
commented 2017-02-11 16:31:31 -0500
As soon as anybody endorses a carbon tax in Alberta, he/she and their party will be sent packing.
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