July 11, 2016

Kenney touched by Harper's endorsement, but media slams him as “too conservative” to lead Alberta PCs

Brian LilleyArchive

Over the weekend, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper enthusiastically endorsed his former cabinet minister Jason Kenney's bid to lead the Alberta PCs. Will this help Kenney's effort to "unite the right"?

Regardless, the media has decided that Kennedy isn't "progressive" enough to lead the Progressive Conservatives.

The trouble is, the "experts" they're trotting out to make this case aren't very impressive.

(PS: Read my column about Kenney and the "progressive" label here.)

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commented 2016-07-12 17:39:48 -0400
We gave Canadians a well meaning but essentially moderate Prime Minister, in very little ways conservative, and that was just too conservative for them.
commented 2016-07-12 09:32:47 -0400
JEREMY WILLIAMSON, “Kenney has not matched up with my socially conservative values.” And Wildrose and key people like Brian Jean and Derek Fildebrandt have?? Have you forgotten Fildebrandt’s tweet that there were a hundred reasons he stood for election as an MLA but social issues did not make the list! Brian Jean as well has said that he isn’t interested in social issues. People need to stop looking at the world through rose-coloured glasses.
People are forgetting that Kenney is running on a platform of uniting the right by first becoming leader of the PCs, the latter won’t be determined until next spring. If he does become leader of the PCs, and that us a big IF, and he doesn’t succeed in uniting the right then the logical outcome would be that he then resigns as leader. If he doesn’t get elected as PC leader, that would be beneficial to Wildrose in showing that the PCs are comfortable and determined to split the vote even if that meant electing the NDP once more.
commented 2016-07-12 08:41:20 -0400
@ Jeremy Williamson – “What I’ve tried to explain to Marty, and I try to say to Peter, is that Kenney is a Liberal Light,”

Not sure I agree with that.
commented 2016-07-12 08:39:48 -0400
@ Charles Mouton – "Now if the honourable Jason Kenney can clean out the low life’s that are in the Conserative/NDPiggers party, I will vote and even support with funding and time, to Mr Kenney’s campaign. "

That is really all I was saying.

“So instead of bitching us out, why don’t you vote for the Wildrose instead. "

I didn’t mean to make it sound like I was bitching anyone out. I cannot vote anymore. I live the next province East now. My heart is still in Alberta, though.

Problem is the Wildrose running against Jason Kenny will not fair so well. I would rather Jason join the Wildrose, but that isn’t going to happen. Maybe he and Jean will be able to unite the two parties like the Federal Conservatives did years ago and then the whole question of what party to vote for will become moot.
commented 2016-07-12 01:04:33 -0400
Charles Moulton you said it well. What I’ve tried to explain to Marty, and I try to say to Peter, is that Kenney is a Liberal Light, and as such he isn’t ‘progressive’ enough for the communist media. Kenney has not matched up with my socially conservative values. Sure he may show a somewhat conservative wallet, but that is about it. If he comes out and calls the NDP environmentalism as pure BS, and says that gender fluidity is a mental disorder that has no place in our schools, than I might throw in with him, but as of now there is NOTHING Kenney has shown that says he is actually a true blue. Harper stuck to his gunes, and is the last great PM we will have for a long time I think. Ya, the right in Alberta need to unite, but they need to stop being such cowards and call BS when they see it. Everything about the NDP is pure excrement, and it needs to have someone who is willing to pick it up, and fling back at the source. Currently I’m not seeing that from the Wild Rose either, but I still see have hope for them. They still have some ACTUAL conservatives in the party.
commented 2016-07-12 00:43:11 -0400
Regardless, the media has decided that Kennedy isn’t “progressive” enough to lead the Progressive Conservatives.

Translation? Kenney isn’t a liberal in sheep’s clothing.

And this is what the liberal financed media party (paid for via the $1.4 BILLION in taxdollars to the CBC per year) does for a living – attacks anything that threatens those scum sucking liberals.

commented 2016-07-11 23:01:47 -0400
@peter Peter I see your side of this battle, I really do.

I am a strong Conserative voter, have been all my life…
But even you can see, the Conserative MP’s that we have in power right now, should be pitching for the NDPiggs.
There isn’t one, and I mean one, that doesn’t disagree with the NDPiggs.

They are not Conserative and they never will be. Now if the honourable Jason Kenney can clean out the low life’s that are in the Conserative/NDPiggers party, I will vote and even support with funding and time, to Mr Kenney’s campaign. But the only problem I see here is the Conserative Party in Alberta will not change. Yes! I too agree, that we have to unite the right so the NDPiggers don’t stay in power. But how can any clear thinking and true Conserative allow the scum that is in the House of Commons (that represent the conservative party) to stay there. They are not Conseratives. This is the problem most of us on the right are having. I would love to have a right leaning party back in power. But just

Like someone else said here. If the political right can’t even agree on this post. How are we supposed to agree when it comes to the voting. The Progessive Conseratives have to be cleaned out first.

So instead of bitching us out, why don’t you vote for the Wildrose instead. They won’t do any worse the the fucking NDPIGGS that is for sure.
commented 2016-07-11 20:07:31 -0400
Jeremy Williamson said, "(PS, I will not rally behind Kenney. The PCs are a lost cause.) "

So what happens if Kenny is successful in turning the party into a real Conservative party. Are you still going to be close-minded stubborn? Do you lust over splitting the right? Why not wait and see if Kenny really can make the party a viable real true blue Conservative party?
commented 2016-07-11 20:04:19 -0400
It is great that Kenny it taking on the leadership of the PC party and making in Conservative again.

To those people that are too stubborn to vote for Kenny: You personally will be the cause of the split on the right. Way to go, stubborn asses.
commented 2016-07-11 20:01:58 -0400
The media slamming Jason Kenny for being too Conservative to lead the PC party says two things that I am sure the media is not intelligent enough to grasp.

1. that the Alberta Progressive Conservatives are not Conservative

2. that they are complimenting Jason Kenny for being a real Conservative
commented 2016-07-11 19:36:46 -0400
KEN HANSON, “Kenney is as anti coal and climate change as the rest. I am going to vote wildrose, period". Sorry KEN HANSON, the same applies to the Wildrose Party which a few years ago with Danielle Smith at the helm embraced the notion of man-made global warming!.
At a Generation Screwed meeting held in Calgary in November 2015, I challenged Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt, who was a speaker at this event, about this. He mumbled something like ’that’s what the scientists are telling us’.
commented 2016-07-11 19:32:51 -0400
A huge undertaking Kenney has with even the comments below not voting for him. Good God, we have got to get together as one. That witch nutley is Flippin pancakes in Calgary today with a huge crowd. How stupid, stupid Albertans are to even go near her booth. I can’t even look at her on TV never mind go and see her at the stampede. Man, people are stupid.
commented 2016-07-11 19:21:00 -0400
The liberal ‘progressive’ media has decided that Kennedy isn’t “progressive” enough to lead the Progressive Conservatives. So, those so-called ‘conservatives’ who like PC MLA Sandra Jansen, self-described as “socially progressive” and has threatened to quit the PC party if Kenney were elected leader, likewise, are speaking in strong opposition to his being given a chance to run for the leadership, thereby, clearly reveal into what camp (or nest) they fall. Birds of a feather flock together.
commented 2016-07-11 19:01:39 -0400
Given that Jason Kenney’s campaign manager, John Weissenberger, is a very close friend of Stephen Harper, perhaps this “strong ringing endorsement” is not that surprising. What will be very interesting is that Mr. Weissenberger in 2009 was appointed by the Harper government to the board of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, which funds large research projects. That appointment was strongly criticized by the liberal media as Mr. Weissenberger, a petroleum geologist with many years experience in the oil and gas industry, was characterized at that time as being a “global warming critic”, a “climate skeptic” and a “climate change denier”, which in the liberal media’s view should have automatically disqualified him from such an appointment. In an April 2006, opinion piece, Climate Debate Should Stick to Facts”, that Mr. Weissenberger co-authored in The Calgary Herald, he wrote: “To those who doubt the scientific basis of global warming theory, we say: Don’t let a cabal of government-funded scientists, environmental activists and journalists convince us they’re the mainstream.” I couldn’t agree more with that assessment! It will be very interesting to see if Mr. Kenney’s position on this matter will ‘evolve’ over time.
commented 2016-07-11 18:35:23 -0400
So all the professional socialists are spewing vitriol at a small government Conservative – they only fear for their parasitic existence – time to get real jobs commies, new broom coming and public teat parasites, pseudo-intelligensia loafers and sinecure rent seekers best move on to other kleptocrat grazing jurisdictions.

FXXK the klepto-commie nattering class, honest hard working Albertans are unemployed while you useless drones suckle at the Public trough and Dipper teats. Run like hell when the writ is dropped.
commented 2016-07-11 18:00:25 -0400
Marty Ashfield
It seems you have not given much thought to your comment. Anyone who has seen even a tiny morsel of my social media comments, would have seen just how stupid it is to suggest that I’m an NDPer, or that I am ‘content’ with status quo. Stubborn is refusing to see parties for what they are, and refusing to consider voting for anyone else. I’ve voted for different parties in different elections, depending on which had the most integrity and matched with my conservative Christian values. Mr. Kenney will not save the PCs, they are to far gone. Not only that Kenny may make ‘great changes’, but for who, and would they be for the better?
Blind would be ignoring what I saw, in hopes of voting for a party that has no integrity, and makes a stand for nothing. Blind would be ignoring what I have seen of Kenny. I saw him waffle on Environmental issues, and not out right say carbon levies are garbage. I saw he has made no stand on the right to life, and the protection of unborn. I saw his views on LGBT that are diametrically different from mine.
So tell me again who is blindly moving forward with a blind guide?
commented 2016-07-11 17:55:21 -0400
Charles Moulton is right there is much to much back stabbing and dissension in the party. You dont see that in the Liberal party.
commented 2016-07-11 17:19:48 -0400
Marty, this is where you are are incorrect. The PC’s in the this province are all garbage. They would all fit in with the Liberals and the NDPiggs of this beautiful province. Even if Jason Kenney could be a strong PC leader, he will be constantly backed stabbed by to other the PC’s in his party. Tell me I am wrong? He is a good MP, but the fight inside his own party is going to be too much for him.
commented 2016-07-11 17:07:38 -0400
the Liberals and the media are like little brats.They lie and demonize anyone other than themselves. Anyone who is a threat to the party will be treated as garbage . they actually are the new form of Fascists
commented 2016-07-11 16:56:25 -0400
I truly feel sorry for people like KEN HANSON and JEREMY WILLIAMSON. People like them are to blame for the mess our Canada and provinces like Ontario and Alberta are in. No foresight, and blindly willing to go along with the status quo. I can almost bet both of them are Harper haters and voted Liberal in the last election and NDP in Alberta.
Good change does not happen with stubborn blind people like them. They are happy to stay the same, but constantly complain.
We do have some real leaders in our presently devastated Canada. People like Jason Kenney, Brad Wall and possibly a host of others that can and will make a huge difference to Canada and truly bring ‘Canada Back’.
I for one totally back Mr. Jason Kenny in his en devours, and I’m not even in Alberta, just a close neighbor that is sick with the unjust Notely NDP and wish them all the worst.
commented 2016-07-11 16:54:21 -0400
The more the regressives knock Kenney, the better it is for him, but also the W/R movement in Alberta. People just have to look at opinions of two bit politicians like Janzen or Lukaszuk, two-bit poly-sci professors and two bit MSM columnists from out of province, to know that the latter P/C’s were not conservatives but regressives.

My regret is that there can only be one leader. It will be a tough choice later in 2017 between Jean, Fildebrandt and Kenney.
commented 2016-07-11 16:39:44 -0400
Great that Kenny is running in Alberta, but I am sad for the leadership candidates we will be left with as Conservatives…He would have been my pick federally….
commented 2016-07-11 16:19:11 -0400
The media is communist at best, and pro Isis at worst, why should conservatives care what the media thinks? (PS, I will not rally behind Kenney. The PCs are a lost cause.)
commented 2016-07-11 16:14:57 -0400
Kenney is as anti coal and climate change as the rest. I am going to vote wildrose, period.
commented 2016-07-11 16:08:31 -0400
The constant lies and nattering by this group of MSM frauds is truly mind boggling.
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