July 31, 2017

Ignore media gripes: Mission accomplished at Kenney’s UCP leadership announcement

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Over the weekend, Jason Kenney announced his candidacy for the leadership of the United Conservative Party to big crowds in both Edmonton and Calgary.

Attendees were jubilant, cheering Kenney’s unforgiving attitude towards the NDP and the federal Liberals and making it clear that Albertans shouldn’t apologize for who they are.

The atmosphere at the Calgary event was one of excitement interwoven with a sense of relief – probably because the difficult work of unifying is done.

Similar to Brian Jean’s announcement last week, Kenney didn’t offer anything new in his forty five minute speech.

We’ve heard him talk about the problem of social engineering in schools, the carbon tax, and the need for business friendly policies before.

Many of the mainstream media stories about the event are critical of Kenney for not introducing well laid out policies compared to Brian Jean who dropped many significant and solid ideas on that front in three days of hard campaigning last week.

But it seemed like nobody was really there for a policy update. As one woman pointed out, the party membership hasn’t made those decisions yet or held a policy meeting.

Yet the mainstream media delivered their usual gripes; Kenney was criticized for attacking the NDP and Justin Trudeau, for not talking enough about social issues and for not holding a media scrum.

But Kenney didn’t come to talk policy, or address the media and even though it’s anyone’s race right now, you can always tell who the front runner is in the minds of the MSM by who they’re complaining the most about.

Objectively, it looked like Jason Kenney came to address his loyal supporters and make some new ones, and judging by the line up at the membership table at the end of the event, I’d have to say, mission accomplished.

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commented 2017-08-02 04:59:43 -0400
What I remember most and foremost about Brian Jean and Jayson Kenny was the fact that they came on national TV to criticize the good people of Alberta for chanting “lock her up”. Our verbal criticisms of government elites is one of our rights and voicing that displeasure is not a privilege but the right of freeborn men and women.!!
I am wary of any politician who would chastise the people who have been put through so much in such a short period of time by a runaway rogue government by simply chanting harmlessly “lock her up”.
Brian Jean is an invertebrate and Jason Kenney who abandoned constituents to seek opportunity in Alberta before his tenure was complete would grow his fourth or fifth chin at our expense… Neither one of these individuals are fit to lead the province of Alberta.
the three individuals that are running pretty much mirror each other’s vomit looking to secure their future in Alberta… What we need is someone who stands out a little differently and who is a libertarian who isn’t afraid of the media.!!
commented 2017-08-01 10:04:25 -0400
A vote for Canada is a vote for anything but liberal.
commented 2017-07-31 20:29:46 -0400
Just like Brian Jeans speech last week, new members started signing up, but do they have the slightest Conservative values or are they trying to high-jack the Party?
This is the new trick of the left, trying to infiltrate then change policies towards the left. Was Sandra Jensen ever a Conservative?; was Michael Chong a Conservative with his love of a Carbon Tax?
Islam invented this scheme, they beg their way into a Country as refugees or Immigrants, however their true mission is to take over everything.
Alberta should be especially concerned as you have been stung once recently, by letting in all those Eastern parasites starting 6 years ago to work in the Oil Industry. You people should have known that many were environmentalists , or worse yet, Liberals and NDP in disguise.
commented 2017-07-31 18:08:39 -0400
Another thought, The Rebel should offer a debate moderated by Ms. Nicholas, Ms. G-R and Mr. Gunter.
commented 2017-07-31 18:05:42 -0400
It is going to be tough to decide. All the big three have strengths, but they all have weaknesses. Yet for each, the strengths outweigh the weaknesses. Jean is coming out with a post NDP reconstruction plan, and Kenney won’t be far behind. Fildebrandt has libertarian tendencies I like.

I like the idea of seeing who gives the regressive elites the biggest brain aneurysm through an apoplectic fit. Problem with that strategy is to have a brain aneurysm, one needs a brain.