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.
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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.