Saturday, March 18, 2017

--Saturday’s vote could very well be the death knell for the party that ruled the province for 44 years, with frontrunner Kenney proposing dissolution of the PCs to merge with Wildrose and form a conservative megaforce.---------Julie Ali · University of Alberta Mr. Kenney is a nice man but not the person I will vote for. If he does unite the right and takes over the Wildrose Party well I will have to find another party to vote for. I don't see why the Wildrose Party has to unite with the less than productive PCs. The PCs won't improve with the Kenney who seems very much like a Harper toady.In any case, Albertans will vote for the next Conservative Party; my feeling is that if that party is lead by Mr. Kenney we are going to have the same anti-democratic junk we had with Mr. Harper. Too bad. But there you go.It's too bad the Wildrose Party can't just keep Mr. Jean who is a nice man and represents ordinary Albertans. Right now the Liberal Party of Alberta might be the place for swing voters to park their votes if they do not want to vote for a Wildrose Party lead by Mr. Kenney. I don't think swing voters will make the mistake of voting NDP again with all their broken promises in both the continuing care system and the child welfare system. The Alberta Party has a good leader and yet it seems like a rehashed PC party. Really it is now very interesting in Alberta politics. Like · Reply · Just now · Edited

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Harper clone -Mr. Kenney will end any possibility of this mummy voting Wildrose in the next provincial election if he takes over the Wildrose Party. Why can't Brian Jean be the leader of the Wildrose Party and be the next Premier? Why do we have the Kenney come in like the Prentice to save us from ourselves? Is this another look in the mirror leader?
Albertans will know the next leader of the province's Progressive Conservative party tonight.
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Jason Kenney elected leader of PC party

Published on: March 18, 2017 | Last Updated: March 18, 2017 5:00 PM MDT
Jason Kenney casts his vote during the PC leadership convention in downtown Calgary on Saturday March 18, 2017.
Jason Kenney casts his vote during the PC leadership convention in downtown Calgary on Saturday March 18, 2017. GAVIN YOUNG
Calgary — Jason Kenney is the new leader of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives.
Kenney was elected on a promise to dissolve the party and merge with Wildrose to create a single conservative force in Alberta politics.
He clinched victory at the Calgary Convention Centre against fellow leadership candidates Byron Nelson and Richard Starke.
Kenney will likely meet with the PC board Sunday, and Wildrose leader Brian Jean Monday.
Jean supports a united conservative party, but has proposed absorbing PC members into Wildrose and changing the party’s name to avoid losing the official opposition’s substantial war chest.
He has also vowed to run for leader of the new party.

Voting gets underway

Voting has opened at the Progressive Conservative leadership convention in Calgary.
Lining the hall of the Calgary Convention Centre, more than 1,700 registered Tories are casting ballots over the next few hours for former MP Jason Kenney, Vermilion-Lloydminster MLA Richard Starke or Calgary lawyer Byron Nelson.
The three candidates had a final chance to rally the troops Saturday morning.
Richard Starke used the mic to poke holes in Kenney’s plan to unite Alberta’s conservatives under a single banner, saying there’s not enough time for the strategy to succeed before the 2019 provincial election.
He also pointed to the chasm between the province’s two conservative parties, drawing loud boos from sections of the crowd as he listed Allan Hunsperger’s infamous “lake of fire” comments about homosexuals, the recent Wildrose on Campus kerfuffle and the Wildrose MLAs who last year drew parallels between the NDP carbon tax and the Ukrainian genocide.
“There are no shortcuts,” Starke said.
“If we set power before principle, we will be punished.”
After being introduced by federal Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, Kenney hit back.
The Conservative Party of Canada brought opposing forces together in just 10 months, he argued as he pushed his vision of a big-tent, free-enterprise party.
Deciding the future of conservatism in Alberta is too big of a decision to be dictated by party boards and leaders, he said — it must be left to the grassroots.
“Since when did Albertans look for excuses not to do something?” he said to cheers from his supporters.
“This is the can-do province.”
Though Kenney backers far out-numbered those of Starke, the MLA’s allies made their voices heard as they cheered their guy and rang Starke-branded blue cowbells.
Nelson drew applause too, but joked the line with the most response was him saying Kenney and Starke are beyond reproach, and calling them both “gentlemen.”

Former Kenney campaigner charged

A former Jason Kenney campaign organizer has been charged with assault after an incident at the Progressive Conservative leadership convention.
Calgary police confirmed Saturday morning that officers were called to the Calgary Convention Centre just before midnight to deal with a disturbance involving Alan Hallman.
Hallman was cuffed by security and kept in a room until police arrived just after 1 a.m. He was charged with common assault and released on a promise to appear.
Hallman was suspended by the PC Party earlier this year for posting inappropriate tweets that breached the leadership code of conduct. He then resigned from Kenney’s campaign.
Kenney’s team was adamant Saturday that Hallman is no longer involved with the campaign in any way, despite a Facebook comment he made on March 13 on a post about recruiting youth delegates in Calgary, saying “We may have some from our phone centre that would like to be delegates.”
In a statement released Saturday morning, Hallman called the Friday night incident an “unfortunate police involved altercation,” and said he “regrets any inconvenience or upset” it caused.

Knowing the winner

Albertans could know the next leader of the province’s Progressive Conservative party as early as 4:30 p.m.
Saturday’s vote could very well be the death knell for the party that ruled the province for 44 years, with frontrunner Kenney proposing dissolution of the PCs to merge with Wildrose and form a conservative megaforce.
Nelson is the only one not running on a mandate of some form of cooperation with the Wildrose; Kenney wants to create a new united conservative force with both parties, whereas Starke supports a non-compete clause or similar.
Nelson isn’t against the unity concept in theory, he told the convention crowd Friday night, but thinks Kenney’s plan is too hasty and paves the way for another four years of the NDP.
The leadership convention kicked off Friday night with a candidate rally.
For the first time since 1985, the party is using a delegate voting system to elect its new leader. Each constituency is sending 15 delegates, who were elected at local selection meetings.
Ballot boxes opened at 1 p.m. and close at 3 p.m. A second round of voting will begin at 6 p.m. if required.

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Julie Ali ·
Mr. Kenney is a nice man but not the person I will vote for. If he does unite the right and takes over the Wildrose Party well I will have to find another party to vote for.

I don't see why the Wildrose Party has to unite with the less than productive PCs. The PCs won't improve with the Kenney who seems very much like a Harper toady.In any case, Albertans will vote for the next Conservative Party; my feeling is that if that party is lead by Mr. Kenney we are going to have the same anti-democratic junk we had with Mr. Harper. Too bad. But there you go.It's too bad the Wildrose Party can't just keep Mr. Jean who is a nice man and represents ordinary Albertans.

Right now the Liberal Party of Alberta might be the place for swing voters to park their votes if they do not want to vote for a Wildrose Party lead by Mr. Kenney. I don't think swing voters will make the mistake of voting NDP again with all their broken promises in both the continuing care system and the child welfare system. The Alberta Party has a good leader and yet it seems like a rehashed PC party. Really it is now very interesting in Alberta politics.
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Harper clone -Mr. Kenney will end any possibility of this mummy voting Wildrose in the next provincial election if he takes over the Wildrose Party. Why can't Brian Jean be the leader of the Wildrose Party and be the next Premier? Why do we have the Kenney come in like the Prentice to save us from ourselves? Is this another look in the mirror leader?

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