Former Progressive Conservative MLA Thomas Lukaszuk, defeated in a leadership run by Jim Prentice and having lost his seat in the last election, came out swinging against Jason Kenney running for party leader.
He called the proposal a “hostile takeover” and said Kenney should be banned from running.
In 2004, Lukaszuk lost his seat to the Liberal in the riding of Edmonton-Castle Downs by three votes. He wouldn’t accept the loss and appealed three times until a judge allowed previously rejected ballots – how democratic.
A "has-been" politician who lost the last election by 41.4%, he was likely hoping the PC’s would rise from the ashes so he'd regain relevancy but he knows there isn’t a spot at the table in a party run by Jason Kenney and that’s why he’s so angry.
He was Deputy Premier under Alison Redford, who was a liberal too.
The people of Castle-Downs likely tired of Lukaszuk long ago.
Maybe it was when he threatened to charge a dying 67 year old constituent with assault after being asked to leave his property while canvassing or maybe it was that $20,000 cell phone bill he racked up on an international trip. Either way, he can’t seem to stay away from controversy.
Normally, I wouldn’t pay attention to a former politician like Lukaszuk but his public freak out over Jason Kenney is relevant for one reason – it shows left-leaning PC’s fear a Jason Kenney take over. Fellow liberal-leaning MLA Sandra Jansen said she’d leave the party if it happens.
It’s clear that the Sandra Jansen’s and Thomas Lukaszuk’s of the PC party see Jason Kenney as a threat, knowing it would mean the end of their days in caucus.
Why else would two of the most liberal members of the party continue stirring up trouble?