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.
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.