Jason Kenney is the Right Choice

It is still early days, but the race to become the next leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives has begun.

And the winner might already be a foregone conclusion.

The rumour mill continues to swirl with names of potentials, some who would return the party to its PC roots (Ric McIvor), some who would continue the party’s flush down the progressive crapper (Sandra Jansen), while others who make speculation of the party’s direction under their leadership difficult (Thomas Lukaszuk, Michael Oshry).

As everyone knows, federal Conservative MP Jason Kenney is the only person thus far to publicly announce his bid, which means the race might be over before it begins.

 Jason Kenney 
In this, his path towards Alberta premier is similar to the Jim Prentice saga.  Prentice had also spent time in Ottawa before deciding leading Alberta was his goal.  However, that’s pretty well where any similarities end. 

While he was a known name as an MP, Prentice was never considered as serious a successor to Stephen Harper as Kenney.  Some in the know even thought of Kenney as a ‘sure-thing’ to be Harper’s replacement.

Even with a better-than-average chance to lead the federal Tories and perhaps eventually replace Mimbo as Prime Minister, Kenney chose instead to follow his instincts and return to Alberta (to become leader of a third-place party) with the expressed purpose of ‘reuniting the right’, with the goal of putting a stop to further NDP damage.

This is something Alberta grassroots conservatives and moderates have been shouting for a while.

A similar precedent was set in Ottawa not long ago.  The fractured political right, housed in the Reform and PC camps, opened the door for the Chretien/Martin era.  Then, as now, party loyalists on each side stubbornly held on to their pride by reliving old days of glory mixed with fantasy hopes for the future.

In the end, common sense – and grassroots moderates and conservatives – were successful in overcoming this barrier.  What followed was a decade of federal Conservative government.

Lesson learned?

There is much to be debated and lots of work (and convincing) to be done.  What is certain is that, by using a call for unity as part of his leadership announcement salvo, Jason Kenney has made it clear he recognizes the barriers preventing solidarity of centre-right Albertans, as well as the reality of what’s at stake.

I, for one, agree.


A Guide for American Celebrity Refugees

The first time I can recall a far-left American celebrity ‘threatening’ to move to Canada was during the 2004 election.  I can’t remember exactly which B-lister it was, but I did commit to memory that fact it was Bush’s second term as clearly as I recall my eye-roll/giggle response.

This time around, the game played by celebs on the down-slope of their careers has become popular.  “If Trump wins, I’m moving to Canada!”

Good for some exposure in the entertainment mags.

Now, I’m considerate if nothing else.  I am, after all, a Canadian.  Because the vast majority of far-left progressives are more likely to just look at pictures as opposed to reading, here’s something to help you as you plan your escape:

You’re welcome.

For the remaining leftist, attention-whoring celebs, here’s some information about your new homeland.  It’s always good to have some knowledge at your disposal. 

*May not be actual
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  • After a decade of Conservative government, Canada recently elected the Liberals with Justin Trudeau, son of Pierre, as Prime Minister.  His Liberal party actually received 39.5% of the votes, but in a Parliamentary system that is enough for a majority.  We preemptively apologize.

  • Canada celebrates Thanksgiving, but up here we have our turkey on the second Monday of October.  If you get this wrong, we vandalize your house with maple syrup.  You’ve been warned.

  • Winnie-the-Pooh: Canadian. Could kick Fozzie Bear’s ass.

  • We have summer.

  • Keanu Reaves, Jim Carrey, Justin Bieber – Canadian.  We’re sorry.

  • Canadians eat more macaroni & cheese than any other country in the world.  If you don’t like KD, stay out.

  • Whoring is legal in Canada.  Buying the services of a whore is not.

  • Canadian football is much better than American football.  Trust me.  You’ll find out.

  • Since 1969 Canada has been officially bilingual.  English and French are our mandated languages, despite the fact that only about 30.1% of all Canadians have a working knowledge of French.  We try to keep as many of them in Quebec as possible.

  • The symbol in the Canadian flag is a Maple Leaf, not a pot leaf. 

  • The province of Alberta has oil and cows, therefore obviously no place for progressive refugees.  May I suggest Ontario?  You’ll just LOVE the premier!

  • And finally, contrary to popular belief, our health care system is not ‘free’.  You’ll discover that as you are figuring out your obscene personal income tax while spending months on a surgery wait list.


The Danger Must Be Recognized

Over the past several weeks, I have been approached by various groups of different stripes to join their cause.  Their goal is the same: some sort of conservative rebirth in Alberta. 

My response upon receiving an invitation has been to state (and re-state) my decision to stay out of any such groups until vetted, as well as my being unsure that any of this action will lead to the ultimate goal.

I have seen the PC party refuse any suggestion of an alliance or reunification with the Wildrose.  I’ve seen PC members who see the logic of a merger frustrated into defeated silence.  The leader of the Wildrose himself has put forth an olive branch which has been ignored and has withered, while some Wildrose party faithful fill social media with repeated, valueless shots at the Progressive Conservatives.

Branch-off groups have formed and have undertaken province-wide speeches and ‘listening tours’, representing the ‘grassroots’ movement, although certain ….ahem, ‘grassroots’ groups are full of former MLA’s and people who rank as demigods in Alberta PC lore.

The issues put forth as excuses of why the centre-right can’t get their act together are many, and some of them so entrenched that they have almost become part of each party’s flavour.

I have spoken with many members and supporters in each camp.  I have had long and detailed discussions with some of the brightest and well-informed, and I have learned in great detail what the major stumbling blocks are.

Through it all, the truth has become clear: there is no issue, barrier, or long-held grudge that even rates when compared to the present danger in which Alberta now finds itself.  There is no argument or difference of opinion between the PC and Wildrose factions that is of a higher importance than the task of stopping the NDP advancing their agenda.

Alberta is currently under the control of a group of people who, when faced with a situation in which their lack of knowledge and experience becomes a hazard, default to the only thing they know – the leftwing progressive agenda.

Rachel Notley’s socialist crew have already moved on our economic and social areas, growing government and debt hand-in-hand.  Alberta’s economic life-blood is under attack by a government which has already had to fight a lame public battle with their federal masters out of public relations necessity.  Taxes rise, jobs are lost, Alberta’s unemployment numbers spike.

Hard-working Albertans are being hit and hit hard.  We’ve seen this before: the loss of income, the despair, the effect on the family. 

Conservatives of years past came together and fought for Albertans in our time of greatest need.  That time has come once again.

No grudge is more important than that.

His Name Was Steven