January 27, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Brian Jean on backing “unite the right” plan

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Things changed in what seemed like the blink of an eye for Alberta conservatives when leader of the Wildrose Party Brian Jean backed the unification plan late yesterday afternoon.

It’s an exciting time for the province, with even Jason Kenney, who’s been leading the unity charge, expressing his delight at Jean’s decision.

Conservatives from both sides of the fence seem happy about Jean’s latest move, but it seems nobody was more delighted than Jean himself when I caught up with him at the Blackfoot Diner at the start of a busy day filled with media appearances.

I asked him what brought him to his decision, about his relationship with Jason Kenney, what it feels like to potentially have to give up the leadership of a party that he helped bring back from the dead, and what his message to Albertans that are still skeptical of unity is.

Watch my video to see my full EXCLUSIVE interview with Brian Jean the morning after his big announcement!

Brian Jean just made a very bold move and Jason Kenney will certainly be a tough candidate to beat if it comes down to a leadership race between the two.

For now though, Brian Jean seems content on doing right by the way of his membership and even though some skeptics remain, I think that half the battle is already won and that was done yesterday afternoon.

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commented 2017-01-30 12:16:28 -0500
Hey! Wildrose, we are fighting a rogue fed/provincial/municipal cartel run by unelected UN governance! Multiculturalism mandate with the dual citizenship holding voters are guarantee that if grass root voter don’t get out and vote there ain’t a chance in hell you can turn this around! These folks are told who to vote for and forced to vote for the tyrant picked candidates! Calgary’s mayor great example of real Canadians not voting!
commented 2017-01-29 09:02:45 -0500
The major plank of the lefties is borrowing money they call “investments in the future” but they don’t care one bit about the huge mountain of debt they accumulate for our future generations. So when any politician talks of so called investments read that as spending which means higher taxes paid over a longer period of time. Lefties often use the term “it costs Government” or “it will cost the treasury” when they tell us all the wonderful things they will do. It’s pure bunkum. GOVERNMENTS HAVE NO MONEY EXCEPT THAT WHICH THEY EXTRACT FROM THE TAXPAYER. So it does not cost government-It costs you the taxpayer. The government officials borrowing money today will be retired on gold plated pensions or dead by the time the debts they pile up today are paid back if there is no more borrowing until then. Just look at it this way. If 35 cents of every tax dollar goes toward paying interest on the debts (provincial and federal) how much lower could your tax bill be if we didn’t have to service such a massive debt. Get with it and kick out the progressives no matter where they be!!!
commented 2017-01-28 19:39:31 -0500
I’m all wild rose but this has to happen. With Trump in power this is like a once in a generation opportunity for Alberta to correct the giant F$%^ up they made. Like they old saying, “Please God, give us another oil boom, we promise not to piss it away this time.” Well, you got Trump. Don’t piss it away.
commented 2017-01-28 14:36:40 -0500
I think the dippers gonna need to stock-up on Imodium.
commented 2017-01-28 13:33:29 -0500
The PC’s in Alberta are Liberals with conservative in their name but are not truly conservatives! The liberals in Alberta could not win for so many years (except in Edmonton) so they slowly joined the PC party which in turn slowly moved the PC party to the left.
In my opinion this move is a step to the left and will not produce the strong conservative values needed in Alberta to counter the socialistic stupidity of most of the large urban centers in Canada, even in Calgary.
For this to work we need a strong Ralph Klein style leader who will purge the new party of the liberal garbage that has accumulated over many many years, as of yet I have not seen such a leader. Without this leader Alberta will continue on its left wing socialistic death spiral. This move of joining the Wildrose with the PC’s will only slow it down a little.
commented 2017-01-28 12:35:40 -0500
I have to agree with those who referenced Mr. Jeans comments regarding the “lock her up” thing in Edmonton. Although I was not there,it was clearly meant as a chuckle & in no way intended as violence, so when Mr. Jean & Rona Ambrose threw those protestors under the bus I felt they should have stood up for them instead. I also can’t help but notice Jason Kenney seems to be the hardest working politician I’ve seen (other than Trump that is).
commented 2017-01-28 12:02:02 -0500
Whatever the Alberta Right does it absolutely MUST get rid of the ‘Progressive’ in their conservatism!
commented 2017-01-28 11:42:04 -0500
Peter Netterville commented – "Bill Elder <> these sound a bit like “chicken little”.

Meh, I got the same crap from “Party loyalists” wo sold Reform out the Eastern PC interests, I voted against joining the PCs unless they adopted OUR platform – they didn’t and I predicted the old eastern red tory top down crap would eventually prevail and look where we are now with the cbal pimping O’leary – look at WHO he is bringing into the party, look who he is selling membershis to – says it all.

Wild Rose was a response to sleazy Ottawa-style leftism in the PC party – it’s still there, why the hell would I want to go back to that UNLESS the PCs adopt WR policy and fold the party banner? Why is it always the principed conservative reform splinter movement of decayed PC parties that has to be sublimated back into the fold??.

As for “chicken little” If you’ve have had your ass in the grass in party operations as long as I have you may have some authority to throw mud but I doubt you share my experiences at party operational levels and candidate/caucus member stumping – when you work hard for a party for no remuneration and support them in principle then get sold out by a leader, it hurts, it’s personal! The people at the grass roots of this party have worked hard and without pay or benefit, donating time, effort and finances for principles THEY believe in which are no longer founf in the PC organization – THEY should make the call and dictate the terms of PC surrender, not quiet meetings at private dinners between leaders and party apparatchiks of the enemy.
commented 2017-01-28 11:26:46 -0500
You are right he’s not Ron. I didn’t like his ‘liberal’ immigration and temp foreign worker stance when he was a fed. He was very passionate about those two things and I think its telling. Like most politicians he doesn’t discern Islamists from other immigrants who helped build this country and I think that is a mistake. That tells me something about the man.
While I don’t think Kenny is anywhere near the same category of politician as Redford or Prentice and suspect he would be fiscally responsible, it would be a hard pill to swallow if he won the leadership over Jean, who did after all do all the work. However I don’t completely trust either of them not to bend to the PC pressure. All I know is this merger would ensure the NDP are dead in Alberta. Cleaning up the ‘new’ party won’t happen all at once, but could be done? Isn’t this scenario the best we can do?
commented 2017-01-28 10:45:35 -0500
LIZA ROSIE, “Can’t trust Kenny or Jean. So where does that leave Alberta?” I don’t find Kenney as politically correct as Jean and is more of a social conservative as we’ll as being a fiscal conservative, but hopefully more candidates will come forward to be the leader if a merger takes place.
commented 2017-01-28 10:38:23 -0500
That and when he refused to stand behind Filderbrandt when he spoke his mind about Wynne. Jean may think bad mouthing us at the Edmonton rally was a small thing. But if he jumps on the PC band wagon that easily, what other band wagons will he jump onto. How is he trustworthy anymore. If he was really a big man he would have smoothed that over. These two incidents don’t give me any confidence in him anymore.
Can’t trust Kenny or Jean. So where does that leave Alberta? I just want Alberta back, what do people have to do to get Alberta back?
commented 2017-01-28 10:11:43 -0500
While Brian Jean likes to tout that the Wildrose Party is driven by its grassroots members, not its leaders, why is he putting forward his conditions for such a merger?
If the parties merge, hopefully others besides Kenney and Jean will run for the leadership. Do people forget all of Brian Jean’s politically correct postures, including his dismissal of those who stood before the legislature chanting “Lock her up”?
commented 2017-01-28 08:14:00 -0500
This is very good news, This will be great for Alberta, Either Jason or brian can lead the party, all they will have to do to get votes is a clean sweep of the Redford liberals, With the ndp the record they will have at the end of there term will speak for itself, BILLIONS OF DEBT THOUSANDS MORE GOV EMPLOYEES and nothing is or will be getting better. I don’t blame the oil crash on them but they seem to just be totally clueless as to what Alberta wants and is all about. There is more to Alberta than unions and Edmonton, they still do not see that.
commented 2017-01-28 03:36:16 -0500
I am a WR member and I do not think that we need a new party. The Wildrose is well led and financed with enough support to win the election. If a new party is formed the WR and PCs would have all their assets revert to the government leaving a new party penniless and which would have to fund raise in a hurry. I believe that the assets of the WR party are quite high and around 1 to 3 million which would have to be given to the government. The PCs probably still owe for the last election. A name change for the WR would allow the funds to be kept. Personally I have no problem with the name.
commented 2017-01-28 03:21:46 -0500
oops….. That Town Hall Meeting is on Feb.1st
commented 2017-01-28 03:20:27 -0500
Derek is having a Unite the Right Town Hall Meeting in Strathmore, 6 pm at the Strathmore Legion. Maybe I may attend and get more info on what is happening with this unite the right. Normally I do not get too involved with politics, I don’t hold most politicians in very high regard any more.
commented 2017-01-28 03:02:15 -0500
Leviticus… I agree with you. Personally I think Derek needs a little more political experience, maybe a term or two as finance minister. When he was with the Canadian Taxpayer Federation he seemed more to say what he was thinking than think of what he was going to say if you know what I mean.
commented 2017-01-28 02:34:18 -0500
Tony… whoops… Wrong piece of shit politician.
That being said the blending of the two parties nonetheless would be a tremendous error and I am disenchanted to hear Derric is close to wearing a pink hat… Maybe he will produce some testosterone and realize that with the support of the people his position is insured. Maybe Brian Jean is terrified of somebody stealing his thunder. Anything less than aggressive truth and a hard-line stance for the people not against them is assisting the globalists in their effort to bind us. They must all be drinking the same Kool-Aid.
When will they realize that in politics no matter what you say or do you were going to offend somebody however that being said if you support the majority of the people regardless of the minority that criticize you will achieve not only success but the respect and a long-term relationship with your constituents who will repeatedly reward you by supporting them.
commented 2017-01-28 02:05:58 -0500
P.S. It will take 75% of WRP membership to vote in favour of a merger of the two parites. That is a fairly high threshold for the merger to happen. Before we get our hopes up also in Calgary a lot of the people who vote PC will not vote Wildrose and will vote NDP again or maybe for one of the other parties.
commented 2017-01-28 01:52:07 -0500
Leviticus, Jason Kenny was MLA for Calgary Midnapore riding. Other wise I agree with you and Lisa about Brian Jean. He is too politically correct for me. I live in Fildebrant’s riding, but I have noticed he has been softened up by Brian Jean and is starting to become politically correct also. I also agree with you about Jason Kenny, if he lost the leadership bid of a new party he would resign and be nowhere to be found a lot like Jim Prentice.
commented 2017-01-28 01:46:57 -0500
My question is.. Why was a federal progressive sent to Alberta to ensure one way or the other that the PCs get back in the game by any means or any cost..
There is much more here than what meets the eye.!!
To the untrained eye this may look like a good alliance but the fact is something else is going on.!
Beware Alberta because if it looks like shit and it smells like shit and it sticks to your shoe like shit it probably is shit.
commented 2017-01-28 01:28:09 -0500
@ Leviticus.
My main point (stated earlier in the thread) is:
“it will be incumbent upon all Alberta deplorables to be vocal and involved”
commented 2017-01-28 01:07:57 -0500
Good points Leviticus.
Agreed, Jean did all the hard work, why should Kenny walk off with the prize.
commented 2017-01-28 00:55:27 -0500
No problem Maxi… You’re OK..
commented 2017-01-28 00:52:54 -0500
As always Leza your thoughts are tempered by logical thinking and sound..
Yes we will always have criticisms of the party that’s in and almost anything could be better than the NDP but Jason Kenny has done nothing to earn the spotlight and Brian Jean and his party at work their ass’s off so it intrigues me as the how’s or the why’s that someone like Jason Kenny can just drift in and have so much influence over the Wild Rose.
I am a voting member of the Wild Rose and I will not support anybody from another province who abandoned their position of responsibility before their completion of tenure.
My biggest question is why didn’t he stick around Ontario and either support Patrick Brown or run against him to be the savior of Ontario as Lord knows they need it and he’s a homeboy from that province so that absolutely makes me question his motives of what is he doing out here.??
commented 2017-01-28 00:46:03 -0500
Oops. Didn’t mean to give you a twitter handle there.
commented 2017-01-28 00:44:56 -0500
I don’t disagree with you. If he can’t make that pledge, that pretty much seals it.
And yes, Filderbrandt would be a very solid choice.
commented 2017-01-28 00:29:31 -0500
I have a beef or two with Brian Jean, but I still think he could take it. I would prefer Filderbrandt but I would vote for Jean. If people remember Kenny’s views as immigration and jobs minister they may or may not have a second thought. I don’t agree with many of his views. He is a nice guy and has a better presence than Jean, but I would rather not vote for him. I am rooting for Jean and hoping he can clean out the cino’s. It won’t be perfect and I am sure there will be a lot to complain about no matter who gets the leadership, but the NDP will be toast and that will be a happy day for Alberta. No short coming of this union could be as bad as the NDP getting another run at Alberta.

Leviticus I too was pretty ticked at Jean throwing us under the bus. That still stings and I don’t think it’s going to go away, unless he exceeds our expectations, then I might forgive him.
commented 2017-01-28 00:22:47 -0500
Good Lord Maxi… Jason Kenney is an opportunist who ran away from his position in Ontario at a federal level representing people who voted for him before completing his tenure To pursue a great opportunity in Alberta.!!,so what does that tell you.?? maybe this game was hatched between O’Leary and Jason Kenney and that’s what had inspired him to leave ontario. We is the voter take so much for granted that we think anything like that is just conspiracy theory but unchecked and unbridled politicians are the most evil force on the planet.
All he’s looking for is to pursue his own agenda and his own interests. If Kevin O’Leary gets in at the federal level and God forbid if Jason Kenney ends up the leader of somebody else’s Hardwork between these two self-serving narcissists we are in as much trouble then as we are now and it looks like it could be that way..
And if you think Jason Kenney would sacrifice himself for the good of this province by not running ever you’re out of your mind as he did not come to Alberta to bow he came to conquer.!!
We have already had too much interference from the east through self serving individuals claiming to be the savior of the people in the country.!!!!
You have to look at the issues with a strong sense of critical thought not wishful thinking or fuzzy feelings of what could be.! Jason Kenney is not the man for Alberta…!! If he had a shred of moral fiber and cared about anything there is an opportunity where he’s from and he would’ve stuck around Ontario because that’s where he’s from and throwing his weight (no unintended) to the effort of ousting Kathleen Whynne for the betterment of his home province. Only and I repeat only will a bona fide Albertan do as they cannot just jump on a plane when it’s all over and go to another place with a suitcase full of money.
Maybe you’re just bored and looking to be controversial I don’t know but if not you really got to do some looking into this.