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He was suddenly out. Callaway was suddenly in. And the Jean campaign smelled a rat. Or rather a pit bull. Say hello to the new attack dog much like the old attack dog? In an interview Friday, Callaway denied he was Kenney’s puppet or proxy. Callaway said he had been thinking about entering the race for weeks because he wants to “get Alberta back on track.”


If Mr. Fildebrandt was Mr. Kenney's pitbull then I guess he was a very weak one because Mr. Jean's troops have fought him off just by revealing to us his business acumen with reference to the housing allowance.
Now we have a new pitbull in the Callaway offering. I am curious what new dirt will be dug up to demote this new member of the Kenney pack.
It is tiresome to see these shenanigans. I guess voters in the UCP will end this junk by voting Mr. Jean as leader. In my opinion he is the best choice.
Now I am only curious how this motley crew of pit bulls and nice people will do in the next provincial election.
For myself, I am voting Alberta Party; it's a place to park my vote until the interesting times in Alberta politics returns to entitlement.
Sometimes a coincidence is just a coincidence. Unless it’s a political coincidence, that is. Then it can easily smell like a conspiracy. Just look at the political…
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Graham Thomson: When is a political coincidence a conspiracy? Brian Jean would probably like to know

Published on: August 11, 2017 | Last Updated: August 11, 2017 6:42 PM MDT
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Graham Thomson: Busy week in Alberta politics
Sometimes a coincidence is just a coincidence.
Unless it’s a political coincidence, that is. Then it can easily smell like a conspiracy.
Just look at the political coincidences last Thursday.
First, there was the suspicious timing of an anti-pipeline news conference held by the British Columbia government Thursday morning just as Premier Rachel Notley was about to hold her own pro-pipeline news conference in Alberta.
It sure seemed like the B.C. government was trying to pour cold water on Notley’s good-news event.
Then there was the announcement Thursday afternoon involving the leadership race for the United Conservative Party.
Who?
Callaway was president of the Wildrose Party before its members voted three weeks ago to join the Progressive Conservatives to form the United Conservative Party.
Callaway was all in favour of unification but he was never touted as a possible leadership candidate of the new party.
And then suddenly on Thursday he announced he’s in the race. At his campaign launch in Calgary — attended by 20 people, half of them media — he took some obligatory swipes at the Notley government but added some non-obligatory swipes at leadership candidate Brian Jean.
The timing of Callaway’s announcement has struck some officials in the Jean camp as suspicious. And I can’t blame them.
Here is someone with a history of publicly bashing Jean entering the leadership race just as someone else with a history of bashing Jean, MLA Derek Fildebrandt, had been forced to bow out of any involvement in the race.
It was like tag team wrestling — with Fildebrandt and Callaway in one corner and a perplexed Jean in the other. What had he done to deserve this?
Hmm.
Consider this.
Both Callaway and Fildebrandt are friends of leadership candidate Jason Kenney and not-so-much friends of Jean.
In June, Callaway accused Jean of trying to game the UCP leadership rules for his own benefit. “We are more than just the Brian Jean party,” said Callaway.
Kenney, in turn, called Fildebrandt a “principled voice.”
You got the impression Fildebrandt was getting ready to spend the leadership race on the sidelines throwing mud at Jean. Jean would be under attack but Kenney could float cleanly above the fray.
But through his own bad judgment, some might say hubris, Fildebrandt took himself out of the fight.
He has been forced to temporarily flee the province on vacation after getting embroiled in a self-generated scandal where he was renting out his taxpayer-funded Edmonton apartment on Airbnb. And pocketing about $2,500.
He did not apparently break any rules. But the outcry of a perceived ethical lapse was especially loud because of his background as a champion of taxpayer’s money, first with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and then as finance critic for the official Opposition.
In the 24 hours after the story broke Wednesday night, Fildebrandt went through the seven stages of a politician hoisted on his own petard — anger at the story; denial he did anything wrong; accusing others of a “smear” campaign; petulantly offering to pay the money back; self-righteously paying the money back; grumpily providing a quasi-apology; and quickly disappearing until things cool down.
He was suddenly out. Callaway was suddenly in. And the Jean campaign smelled a rat.
Or rather a pit bull.
Say hello to the new attack dog much like the old attack dog?
In an interview Friday, Callaway denied he was Kenney’s puppet or proxy.
Callaway said he had been thinking about entering the race for weeks because he wants to “get Alberta back on track.”
He said we’ll see how he plans to do that just as soon as he’s ready to release some policy platforms.
gthomson@postmedia.com



Julie Ali · 

Interesting analysis of the new contender for the bitumen bank. It's troubling that the set up is to crown Mr. Kenney and depose Mr. Jean but there you go.

I guess it will be ultimately up to voters to decide if the "look in the mirror" folks from the PC error who have now amalgamated with the Wildrose Party are worth voting for as the rebranded UCP folks.

Mr. Callaway can work against Mr. Jean as Mr. Fildebrandt was but maybe he should look at what happened to Mr. Fildebrandt with the release of his housing allowance rental project information. Mr. Jean sounds more and more like the best choice as leader of the UCP considering a sea of Brutus types around him. Good luck Mr. Jean!
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J.E. Molnar
Now that Derek Fildebrandt, (AKA Mike Duffy wannabe), has gone into hiding will the new, improved UCP do the right thing and expel his butt out of the party? Fildebrandt's latest bozo-eruption has once again become a national embarrassment.

Laugh along if you have a sense of humour. Go to: thebeavertondotcom (Alberta MLA)
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Jimmy James
Not a chance of expulsion. Fibberbrat represents the True CORE values of the Unstable Clown Posse(UCP). Even his Constituancy President of his riding praised him for GOOD Money Management. Kind of sound like he represents Hazzard County, is owned and operated by someone like J.D. Hogg
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J.E. Molnar
Jimmy James: You’re right. The UCP talks out of both sides of its mouth when it comes to taxpayer improprieties. Even their new leader, Nathan Cooper, refuses to condemn Fildebrandt’s actions. Instead remarks how he’s glad he apologized and returned the ill-gotten money. So much “for the fearless fighters for the taxpayer and the sworn enemy of politician entitlement.” Sad.
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Gord Jacquie Clancy
Poor Brian Jean and his supporters duped into believing they would be treated as allies in this new party. Obviously the conservatives have other plans lol
This is going to be popcorn worthy. #ettubrute #DerekFilldemPockets
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Jason Vaudrin
Best read all week.
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Thomas Glover · 

The Wildhosers are being treated as well as they deserve
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Tim Nagel
Maybe... we'll see
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Stover Ed
Duped is probably correct, although Jean and the WRP willingly went along. I thought everyone with any degree of thinking ability could see that that jk of a candidate was in it for himself only, never intending to be PC or include WRP in his UCP (the word "conservative" is in the new name, but nothing remotely Wildrose - didn't that tell anyone anything!??!?!). My opinion.
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Thomas Glover · 

re: "He has been forced to temporarily flee the province on vacation after getting embroiled in a self-generated scandal"..... One word: coward. Keep in mind Fildebrat was supposed to be the finance critic. His lack of action on that front is also notable. Lack of morals, maybe, but he was just a self-entitled pig at the public trough. He needs to resign before he wastes any more of our money.
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Claude DeRoche
Fildepocket? 
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Johann Coltrane
Put new lipstick on a pig and it's still a pig. UCP is still coated in the same sleaze as the old Alberta Progress Conservative Party. As for Kenney, his Gay Mafia tactics under Harper seem to be alive and well under his new adopted party. It all stinks.
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Darcy McAllister · 

Sooooo, you suspect Brian Jean's former finance critic and party president have both publicly bad mouthed him.

And we should feel sorry for Brian Jean.

Because people who have worked closely with him bad mouth him.
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Jimmy James
I will bet that Mr. Jean never wanted to do the merger thing, but was pressured by his former boss Harper, who more than likely had been pulling the strings of the Alberta Clownservatives and The Wretched Rose, having had former underlings, Jean running the Wretched Rose, and Prentice and the Kenney running the Clowns.
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Claude DeRoche
“I don’t think Albertans voted for me, or for us, so that we would merge with the Progressive Conservatives. Merging with the Tories is not one of our priorities. Anyone who wants to join us would have to sit as an independent.”
- Brian Jean, May 6, 2015 (Edmonton Journal)
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Troy Runzer · 

Most interesting will be the reaction to these events by politicians from every party. How vocal will MLA's become, and how deeply will the Legislature delve into the housing allowance issue? In other news, the UCP will either get their act together and treat each other respectfully, or they will tear eàch other to pieces and make themselves a laughingstock. I will determine my next vote in large part from the actions of all connected to these events.
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Julie Ali · 

I don't think the NDP folks will do anything about the housing allowance rules. What will probably happen is that they will score political points because of Mr. Fildebrandt's business acumen and we'll all forget this mess until the next housing allowance abuse. This sort of abuse appear to happen on a schedule in Alberta.
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Chris Manchester
Again. May I ask if the UCP is of no concern and the NDP are Alberta's saviour, why is the left so obsessed? Let it go. Run on what an amazing job Rachel and her party has done.
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Midge Lambert · 

"Jean would be under attack but Kenney could float cleanly above the fray" which is exactly where Kenney's manipulations always seem to magically place him.
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Tim Nagel
I'll be watching who will be the most integral of all these men ... and for now Brian is way the hell out front buy about 6 car lengths and he's driving a new hellcat
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Julie Ali · 

The first thing I am curious about is who in the UCP knew of Mr. Fildebrandt's private business venture and who gave this information to the press? If the Wildrose folks knew of this profit making business by Mr. Fildebrandt and this information was not released until Mr. Fildebrandt continued yapping about his support for Mr. Kenney and his non-support for Mr. Jean, well then this is a bit of a failure on the part of the Wildrose folks.
Mind you Mr. Fildebrandt would be hard to discipline so perhaps Mr. Jean did not bother.

I am also curious why Mr. Jean and Mr. Kenney as leadership hopefuls aren't addressing this issue ----being fiscally Conservative and frugal folks that they supposedly are. Leadership candidates should not shy away from wading through the mud of an issue to speak clearly about the job requirements for their MLAs.

This issue has only been addressed by Mr. Greg Clark of the Alberta Party. I'm of the belief that the Alberta Party might be a better place for Conservative voters to park their votes in the next provincial election. He's been upfront about the issue, made good suggestions to get this matter reviewed and also spoken about the ethical requirements of politicians which might be an oxymoron but is also rather neat.
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Allan Paquet · 

Now Alberta truly is rat free, at least for a few weeks.
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Geoffrey A Pounder
"It sure seemed like the B.C. government was trying to pour cold water on Notley’s good-news event."

Or maybe Notley was trying to pour cold water on the B.C. govt's good-news event.
Enbridge Line 3 replacement was approved last November. Yesterday Premier Notley toured a pipeline construction site. Hardly newsworthy.
Yesterday BC announced that it would be seeking intervener status on the legal action challenging the federal govt's approval of the project, and enlisted former BC Supreme Court judge Thomas Berger to lead the legal battle. Now that's news.

Thomson's pro-Notley pro-pipeline hype is relentless.
Hardly journalism.
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Tim Nagel
Man this is gunna be good... I hope it don't tear them all apart .... that would be so bad
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Mike Arnold
And these clowns would like run the province?
LikeReply211 hrs
Devin ZoBell · 

United Clown Party?
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Julie Ali · 

Devin ZoBell NDP--New Dud Party?
LikeReplyJust now
Todd Guggenmos · 

Finance Critic during an NDP regime=easiest job ever.
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Delayna Michelle
Hmmmmm - not sure Filderbrandt would agree with that statement today 🤔
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Thomas Glover · 

And he still screwed it up
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Bernie Kiers · 

Sounds like quite the spin job Graham.
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Shawn Phelan · 

Spin? Graham Thompson spins for no one.
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Jason Yan · 

And you call your self a Harver graduate????
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Corie Wednesday Amundson · 

Imploding as predicted.
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