July 27, 2017

United Conservatives must avoid being labeled “extremists”

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

On last night's show, broadcaster Dave Rutherford and I discussed Alberta's United Conservative Party leadership race.

There are rumors about a Derek Fildebrandt campaign, but Dave thinks that the leader will be either Jason Kenney or Brian Jean. 

WATCH my video to see why the winner must be able to fight the NDP's message that United Conservatives are an extremist party.

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commented 2017-07-28 13:51:40 -0400
“United Conservatives must avoid being labeled “extremists”

Probably the silliest headline I’ve seen in a long time. There is nothing they coud do to avoid it. What they could do – but probably won’t because of lack of guts and brains – is to expect it, figure out what the allegations are likely to be, and fire back. In other words, stop marching to the Liberal’s drum beats – which always puts the Conservatives in explain/deny/retreat mode.
commented 2017-07-28 01:27:56 -0400
Allan Peterson i feel the same way, they could do absolutely nothing and they would still be labelled as such.
commented 2017-07-27 19:53:48 -0400
To succeed the party is going to have to work hard to keep the infiltrators out. Conservatives have been suckered time and time again.
commented 2017-07-27 19:52:11 -0400
Ron Voss, when you hear the words “open and inclusive” you know you’re dealing with a lefty and it won’t be for anyone else who isn’t. True conservatives need not apply.
commented 2017-07-27 19:50:37 -0400
Avoid being labelled extremists. As if….
commented 2017-07-27 17:18:45 -0400
I posted before reading your second comment Ron. That certainly is refreshing.
commented 2017-07-27 17:12:30 -0400
How’s this for extremism, perhaps Fildebrandt would have a good shot at the leadership if he campaigns on a separation platform.
Ron Voss-excellent points. Hope you email that comment to both Kenny and Jean and whoever else it may concern.
commented 2017-07-27 17:07:52 -0400
An excerpt of what was posted by Jason Kenney at his Facebook page today:
“So after 5 days of existence, the usual pundits are demanding to know where the United Conservative Party’s platform is…More importantly, these pundits miss the point: The United Conservatives Party is a GRASSROOTS party!
It’s not up to the leader or party elites to dictate what the Party stands for. It’s up to you, the grassroots members, to decide policy for YOUR party…But the United Conservative Party is not yet a week old. A founding policy convention will be held in the spring, and it is here where grassroots members will decide the policies of the UCP.
For far too long, we’ve seen leaders issue policy decrees to the membership. Never again can political leaders ignore the everyday rank-and-file members of our movement.
As I’ve repeatedly said over the last 12 months, it’s time we put the democratic horse before the policy cart.”
Now that’s refreshing! Hope that he sticks to his guns.
commented 2017-07-27 15:38:59 -0400
The Wildrose and PC politicians like to talk a lot about being a grassroots-driven party. However, I have to question to what degree, or at all, the grassroots will determine the policies of the UCP. Seems very little. The timing will be that the leadership race will take place first and the policy convention thereafter,that is,the cart before the horse. The recent comments of interim UCP leader Nathan Cooper suggest the same, that is, very little.

As the UCP interim leader, he recently expressed the view that, “UCP will be ‘open, inclusive,’ says interim leader whose views on LGBTQ community have recently evolved”:
He made reference to “We have the great opportunity to define the conservative movement”. Indeed, so is the policy of the new party to be defined by top-down pronouncements like his? Who is the “We” that defines the conservative movement. Is it to be shaped by kowtowing to the leftist media and the socialist NDP’s mouthpiece, the leftwing website Press Progress?
In yesterday’s Edmonton Journal columnist Graham Thomson, who is about as “progressive’ as they come, correctly pointed out, “One of the big questions surrounding the new United Conservative Party is, what does it stand for?”. Indeed.
Referencing the policy platforms being rapid-fire rolled out by Brian Jean to set himself apart from the other candidates, Thomson, again, correctly asks, “But how do you do that in a party that, at least in theory, is dedicated to grassroots democracy where the members set the direction, not the leader?… How can Jean or any other leader put forth policy unilaterally?" Indeed! Noteworthy the reference, as well, to “any other leader” putting forth policy unilaterally. Like the interim leader of the UCP?
The media will endeavor to label the UCP as extremists trying to push (bully) the party to move to the left. Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman, not surprisingly, questioned Cooper’s sincerity, telling reporters in Calgary that he needs to better explain how and when his “extreme opinions” altered.
I will rephrase the last line in this informative article, “5 Ways Trump Shows How To Win Elections”:
‘The future belongs to the framers and shapers of a United Conservative Party who care more about what their supporters think of them than what the media does’.
commented 2017-07-27 14:24:50 -0400
Mainstream media, especially CBC will make that slanderous accusation.
commented 2017-07-27 14:20:32 -0400
Get out to the local communities and meet the voters. The MSM are being paid to destroy conservatives, so they’ll double down on their attacks. But Jason proved that if you go out and talk to people, and listen to what they have to say, that they will respond. Just don’t lie to the voters because they will pay you back in kind.
commented 2017-07-27 13:45:11 -0400
They know they have a good gig and since they control the vast majority of the media they will continue to milk this until it dries up and withers.
commented 2017-07-27 13:32:46 -0400
“United Conservatives must avoid being labeled “extremists””

They will be labelled extremists anyway.

To the main stream media, anyone to any degree right of their borderline communist position is a “far right extremist”, along with “racist”, “homophobe”, “Islamophobe”, and “literally Hitler”.

The best thing the United Conservative party can do when criticized unfairly is the return the criticism back 10 fold to the attacker. They need to get the message that Conservatives are tired of being the punching bag of the left. If ya get slapped, drift the bastard into next week.
commented 2017-07-27 13:13:24 -0400
Isn’t it ironic that the most extreme politicians paint the right as extremist. That’s like the kettle calling the pot black. Who wants to guilt Albertans into paying “climate changes” taxes and who is driving investments and jobs from Alberta? Why it’s the extreme left! The mainstream media is in bed with extremists and attacks any opposing point of view in order to enable the leftist agenda.
commented 2017-07-27 12:56:06 -0400
The Ndp fear mongering is so un-interesting to me and shows nothing more than desperation for their own future. I am looking forward to hearing all the potential Premiers platform and will be sure to vote. Brian Jean has had a habit of zigging when Albertans are zagging so the other two choices have a good chance at as well, it in my mind.