July 19, 2017

Why is Brian Jean cozying up to Alberta Teacher’s Union in lead-up to unity vote?

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

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. 

One moment he seems to be touting conservative principles and the next he’s channeling former Premier Alison Redford, forced to resign after her liberal spending habits outraged Albertans.

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.

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commented 2017-07-20 14:25:30 -0400
If there is no United Conservative Party Derek Fildebrandt won’t run. There are still lots of good Conservatives who are PC members even if the party went badly off track.
commented 2017-07-20 11:04:14 -0400
I think where you misunderstood me with the “amalgamation” is why would the Wild Rose amalgamate with a defunct bankrupt and internally corrupt progressive conservative party where a uniting of the two may do more harm than good in the next election.
commented 2017-07-20 10:57:50 -0400
Ron voss..
Brian is weak and Kenny is a self serving crook..
The PC’s are bankrupt and were never required to defeat the NDP in Alberta..
The WR are now divided and embroiled in controversy over this unholy merger (I know.. I am a member) and a house divided may not stand well in the next and most important provincial election
commented 2017-07-20 09:31:00 -0400
FLAT EARTH, you describe WR leader Jean as someone who give Alberta to the socialist crowd for appeasement. So, “Why would anybody want to amalgamate themselves with a party like that.!!”?
commented 2017-07-20 04:05:05 -0400
MIKE KRCHNAK for for President!
commented 2017-07-19 23:13:44 -0400
Derek Filderbrant is the guy we need to bring AB back if it can be brought back at all..
Brian Jean will end up giving Alberta to the socialist crowd for appeasement and Kenny will grow his fourth or fifth chin at our expense.!!
The PCs should have been allowed to die a natural death and be reborn through their own hard work.!! The Wild Rose should never have allowed a financially and morally bankrupt organization who through their own actions were disgraced and pushed voters so far away from them that they actually voted for the NDP in protest… Why would anybody want to amalgamate themselves with a party like that.!!
They should have died a natural death.!!
Maybe this is all a wild conspiracy to ensure the NDP gets another go around… Very similar to Andrew Sheer who thus far has been an amazing disappointment and who will provide very little in the way of resistance to JT’s second term..
All by design…?? Who knows.. nothing would surprise or amaze me at this point.!
commented 2017-07-19 23:02:32 -0400
I knew it all went wrong for the people when Brian and others criticized the people and threw us under the bus for chanting harmlessly while disgusted with the actions of our current government “lock her up”
If Brian Jean had any respect for the party he would retire or step down.
He has been pulling pages directly out of Patrick Browne’s playbook.!!
commented 2017-07-19 22:25:09 -0400
I agree Don.
Not impressed with either of them, but Jean is losing more and more ground daily.
It’s not looking good for Alberta.
commented 2017-07-19 21:34:30 -0400
Brian Jean and Jason Kenney are both too politically correct. Derek Fildebrandt isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.
commented 2017-07-19 21:18:29 -0400
Brian Jean has not once, in the two years he’s been leader of the opposition, presented any alternative policy to the NDP’s. Instead, he’s spent all that time campaigning to be the next premier. And Kenney is a dead loss. If either of these fools leads a unified conservative party, Notley and the New Dumbocrats will easily win another four year mandate.
commented 2017-07-19 18:12:50 -0400
Mike Krchnak,

One good reason I can think of is Notley.
commented 2017-07-19 17:57:44 -0400
Can anyone give me a good reason to vote yes for this merger?
I have been voting Wildrose since Paul Hindman and he was my MLA. I became a member not long after that and have been since.
Brian needs to go for sure, one can’t try and appease the left and media. It is my opinion that if the mainstream media is trashing you, then you’re doing the right thing.
commented 2017-07-19 15:15:54 -0400
By the way, do not be confident about Saturday’s vote. 75% plus one is a large threshold, and there are a number of Wildrose that love to spite their faces, combine that with a number of unionists that bought guest memberships and it is pretty easy to be at 75% minus one which defeats the motion.
commented 2017-07-19 14:53:13 -0400
I have a soft spot for Mr. Jean because he took over the Wildrose when it was at its low point in its history and while he was at a personal low point after the death of his son. He fought a surprise election and brought the Wildrose to its high point, when it was supposed to be decimated, and the party continued to grow. His performance during the McMurray fire was exemplary. Finally, he did promote the unification vote. He has served the right.

However, I do not think he is the one to lead the next step, as his current waffling shows. Mr. Jean has the fortitude but not the consistency required. He will be an excellent Sr. Minister, but not Premier
commented 2017-07-19 14:18:08 -0400
Brian Jean seems to be going the way of Patrick Brown in ON. I don’t really care for him or Jason.
commented 2017-07-19 14:08:31 -0400
Get B.Jean the hell out….
commented 2017-07-19 13:46:27 -0400
I once thought Brian Jean was the most Conservative of them. I guess I was wrong. Knowing this I guess Jason Kenny would be best to lead the new party.

Where are the true Conservatives?
commented 2017-07-19 13:30:41 -0400
Well done, Holly. You included all the other instances that come to mind regarding Brian Jean’s leadership. He has bailed and about faced when I thought he needed to be at his strongest. I can see the writing on the wall with him even though I had great hopes for him. I would say he’s too far from trustworthy.