Conservative unity is likely to happen this weekend between the Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservatives, but Brian Jean’s days in Alberta politics are surely numbered if he keeps up with his now regular bait and switch routine.
In the latest debacle, Jean said the days of hard right governments are over in Alberta, except there’s never really been a far right government in Alberta, so this sounds more like left wing rhetoric.
There’s a leadership race coming, pending conservative unity and Jean is trying to win votes, which could account for Jean saying he disagrees with those like Jason Kenney who are concerned that the Alberta Teacher’s Association is up to no good.
And there have been more questionable comments like this that sound like things Rachel Notley would say.
Something is going on here. Why else would Alberta Teacher’s Association insiders like Comms guy Jonathan Teghtmeyer, publicly praise Jean?
Is Jean pulling a Redford on us? Did he go to the ATA and make a deal with them? It all just sounds and looks way too familiar.
But, make a deal with these people and they’ll always want something in return.
Albertans know from examples set by Redford and Danielle Smith exactly how trading your principles for votes and power works out. I predict conservatives will unite this weekend despite what Brian Jean says and does.
There will be a leadership race coming up and conservatives can use their vote to have a say on what they think of Jean, who seems to be channeling Redford, Smith and even Notley.