Sunday, March 19, 2017

Julie Ali Flag Julie Ali The PC party is dead. No amount of mouth to mouth resuscitation is going to bring it back to life. I won't vote for the PC party ever again after learning about the more than 800 children who have died in the child welfare system under their watch and the NDPs. Decades of stalling in the continuing care system has resulted in a ton of paper and chatter but no changes. Meanwhile we had the kings and queens of bitumen building Sky Palaces and travelling on our tax dollars for no other reason than fun and games. The NDP folks are no better. They will lose the next provincial election because swing voters like myself who voted NDP to rid ourselves of the PCs, will not vote for them again. I will put my money on the Wildrose Party lead by Brian Jean. If the Wildrose Party goes for the Kenney, I will swing to the Liberal Party of Alberta. Best for voters to understand that changing political parties in government is the best strategy for us and perhaps the only way to change the entitlement at the GOA.« less

Jason Kenney is slick, smart and yet has bet on a losing team. But there you go. Everyone thinks the PCs are alive when they are gone, gone, gone.
 I'll wait for the Wildrose to decide on who they want as leader and if it is Mr. Kenney, I'm off searching live game.

Mr. Kenney is on the Titanic and heading for the icebergs ahead but you gotta admire the spin being generated that he has a map and will make it to the destination of the united right party.
What the heck?
Haven't Albertans learned from the spin of the past 44 years that the PCs are nothing but useless?

Time for us to find new farmland and plant our crops there. I'll go Wildrose but if they decide to put the briar patch of the Harper clone -Mr. Kenney as their figurehead, I'm off to find new political territory.

It maybe that the Liberal Party of Alberta will have some middle of the road candidates I can support.
In any case, it is still anything but PC, anything but NDP.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/jason-kenney-progressive-conservative-leader-1.4031687


ANALYSIS

For Jason Kenney, now the real work begins

Winning the PC leadership the first step on the winding road to the next provincial election

By Scott Dippel, CBC News Posted: Mar 19, 2017 6:00 AM MT Last Updated: Mar 19, 2017 9:41 AM MT
Jason Kenney delivers his victory speech at the Alberta PC Party leadership convention in Calgary on Saturday.
Jason Kenney delivers his victory speech at the Alberta PC Party leadership convention in Calgary on Saturday. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)
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​Jason Kenney just orchestrated what some PCs are calling a hostile takeover of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
It's taken almost a year of planning and hard work. He says he drove 65,000 kilometres in that blue pickup truck.
Now he's the PC leader.
He has won a job that pays him nothing. The party confirms it will not pay the new leader a salary.
Kenney isn't an MLA. And he doesn't intend to ask any of the few remaining PC MLAs to resign so he can run for a seat in the legislature.
After all this, now comes the hard part.
Kenney wants to form a new party that all conservative-minded Albertans can join. Unlike PC leaders over the past decade, he talks about the Wildrose Party as his friends.
Wildrose Leader Brian Jean has the same goal as Kenney but some different ideas about how to get there.
Jean envisions his party being the foundation of a united conservative movement. Wildrose has even registered the name it alone can use to rebrand itself.
The Conservative Party of Alberta.
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Jason Kenney waves to supporters outside the Telus Convention Centre. Kenney was chosen as the new leader of Alberta's Progressive Conservative party. (CBC)
The leader of the official opposition wants the newly minted PC leader to drop by his office to chat on Monday. He'll let Kenney know that Wildrose members want one party — and that party is the Wildrose.
Political scientist David Stewart has been watching the Alberta PCs for the past couple of decades.
About the only thing certain here is: there is a ton of uncertainty.

Is this really the death of the once mighty PC Party?

"It's not out of the question. I think that there still could be two parties of the centre-right in the next election," said Stewart. "It's unlikely but it's not impossible."
One imagines that besides two leaders who both think they have the best plan to get their respective parties together, the lawyers are going to have a lot to say here, even if they'll be working pro bono.
Stewart points out that yes, Wildrose has a couple of million bucks in the bank. But the PCs say despite perceptions their party is broke, it actually has $1.5 million in the bank accounts of all its constituency associations.
While diehard partisans in both parties warily eye each other as they say slightly nicer things about "that other party," there is one thing they agree on and seems to propel them: they detest the NDP and its policies.
Kenney and some of his team had a tendency in this race to get the elbows up. But in one of his speeches at this convention, he said the NDP aren't bad people. It's just that they have "a lot of bad ideas."
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Jason Kenney was selected leader of Alberta's Progressive Conservatives on the first ballot. (CBC)
Kenney does have a take-no-prisoners track record.
Let's not forget that ruffling feathers in the PC Party isn't new for Kenney.
Back in 2012, he referred to then-deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk as "a complete and utter asshole" in an email Kenney accidentally sent to all of his Alberta Conservative Party colleagues.
Lukaszuk was at this weekend's PC leadership convention and it looks like merger or no merger, he's done with the PCs after 30 years.
He's expecting while Kenney and Jean are busy trying to unite the right, it's worth keeping an eye on the centre space because that's where a majority of Albertans are politically.
"They're loyal to the ideology, to centralism, to an embracing a fiscally responsible Alberta and they will not blindly follow the two letters no matter where they happen to go," said Lukaszuk. "The same thing will have to happen to the centre. Whether it will be Liberal or Alberta Party or a new platform, who knows."
And indeed, even as Kenney was delivering his victory speech, some PCs — like former MLA Doug Horner — did walk out of the convention hall.
Kenney and Jean are determined to bring about the unification. They both say it will be up to their party members to decide if that's how they want to go.

The death of the PC Party? Maybe not yet.

Now an MP, Ron Liepert spent years inside the PC Party. Despite the drive to unite, he says: not so fast.
"Let's say for instance the Wildrose membership disapproves it. Then I assume Jason Kenney is going to be leading the PC Party in the next provincial election," said Liepert.
For political observers, it's also going to be worth following the polls.
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Kenney wants to form a new party that all conservative-minded Albertans can join. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)
If one party or the other starts pulling away as a viable alternative to the NDP, maybe they won't feel compelled to compromise on some things to join forces.
Liepert points out that if Kenney is still the leader of the PC Party in 2019, some disaffected PC members could return home and he could also draw enough Wildrose support to win that election.
To him, it's a story that has yet to be written.
But hey, step one of Kenney's plan worked out. Maybe the rest will too.
And if he succeeds in the next couple of steps (negotiate how to join forces, get members of both parties to support it), then it leads Kenney to yet another leadership race.
After 20 years in politics, it's clear he enjoys what he's doing.
Unless and until this gets sorted out, David Stewart figures the NDP just might be enjoying this.

"The Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrose are going to be talking with each other and trying to arrange how they can interact rather than focusing exclusively on the NDP."


Julie Ali
  • Julie Ali
The PC party is dead. No amount of mouth to mouth resuscitation is going to bring it back to life.

I won't vote for the PC party ever again after learning about the more than 800 children who have died in the child welfare system under their watch and the NDPs. Decades of stalling in the continuing care system has resulted in a ton of paper and chatter but no changes. Meanwhile we had the kings and queens of bitumen building Sky Palaces and travelling on our tax dollars for no other reason than fun and games.

The NDP folks are no better. They will lose the next provincial election because swing voters like myself who voted NDP to rid ourselves of the PCs, will not vote for them again. I will put my money on the Wildrose Party lead by Brian Jean. If the Wildrose Party goes for the Kenney, I will swing to the Liberal Party of Alberta.

Best for voters to understand that changing political parties in government is the best strategy for us and perhaps the only way to change the entitlement at the GOA.« less

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