Jason Kenney is going to be the next premier of Alberta.
Any poll, every poll, for months, has shown that it’s going to be a majority government for Kenney’s new United Conservatives Party.
The NDP win in 2015 was accidental — the other parties all imploded, and Rachel Notley had a pleasant enough smile.
Abacus research confirmed at the time what we all know: 91 per cent of people who voted for the NDP said they just wanted a change. Trouble is, they voted for kooks, and in some cases, actual Communists.
So Jason Kenney could go on holidays until the election day and still win. In fact, it would probably be better if he did, since the campaign will be nothing but gotcha smears against him by the media party.
But Kenney and his team have been colonized, psychologically, by the Media Party. I think it’s something he learned in a decade in Ottawa: To fear and appease them.
I first saw this two years ago, when he turned against 3,000 Albertans who were campaigning at a Rebel rally outside the Legislature, against the carbon tax.
And he did it again, with that United We Roll Convoy:
Andrew Scheer and Maxime Bernier both spoke at the convoy rally in Ottawa. Ontario premier Doug Ford and Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe sent out encouraging messages. But Kenney wouldn’t even meet with the convoy as it passed through his own city, and his only tweet to them scolded them for talking about other issues besides pipelines, like Trudeau’s corruption or mass immigration.
All of the above is the only way I can process the bizarre Kenney announcement today.
If you were to knock on 1,000 doors in Alberta and ask, "What is a key issue in this provincial election, I doubt a single person would say: "We need more immigration."
Now here's an excerpt from the CBC report:
"Our goal is to end large backlogs, speed up processing, proactively attract talented newcomers from overseas, welcome entrepreneurs, and encourage settlement in rural Alberta," the UCP leader said on Monday in Chestermere, Alta.
Kenney said the UCP plan would aim to bring approximately 10,000 newcomers in total to rural Alberta every year.
Kenney, who served as federal immigration minister from 2008 to 2013, said the plan is meant to address population decline in rural Alberta and reinvigorate the provincial economy. (...)
"My goal would be to get a larger share of the federally selected immigrants by getting our economy back to work," said Kenney.
Where to begin? Immigration is a federal matter. It’s not a provincial matter, other than some tweaks.
But the main point is this:
There is massive unemployment in Alberta. It’s worse than any other province other than the Atlantic.
And Alberta’s unemployed people are the most skilled unemployed people in Canada. They’re out of work because of Rachel Notley and Justin Trudeau. There is no shortage of workers. There is a shortage of jobs.
So Jason Kenney wants to bring in more workers? Before our existing Canadian unemployed are hired?
This is a solution in search of a problem. It doesn’t make sense.
This is Jason Kenney trying to win the love of the CBC, trying to prove how woke he is.
Please tell me if I’m wrong, because I wish I was, but I don’t think I am.
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