Friday, June 30, 2017

Both Kenney and Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt, who also spoke at the unity town hall, reiterated the claim that allies of the NDP within the labour movement were attempting to “hijack” the unity vote by joining Wildrose and casting their ballot against the deal.


#AlbertaParty--If the Wildrose Party amalgamates with the less than productive PCs I will take my vote and park it elsewhere. Doesn't matter to me if Mr. Kenney thinks that the Alberta Party is liberal --because I have talked to one of the folks in this party and it doesn't seem liberal to me. It sounds conservative.
I will park my vote with the Alberta Party if the Wildrose Party goes AWOL and merges with the folks we fired in the last election.

Interesting that Mr. Kenney isn't worried about the PCs who won't vote for him and who have gone to the Alberta Party.
I always felt that the Alberta Party was just another version of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta and paid it no attention even though it has a good leader.
Now I will pay more attention to the Alberta Party. Maybe it will go somewhere in the next provincial election especially if there are yet more Lake of Fire incidents in the unified Conservative Party that will get either Mr. Kenney or Mr. Jean in charge. Interesting times in Alberta.

Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney says he isn’t worried that disgruntled Tories looking for a new political home will damage a proposed unified conservative…
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Really the degree of suspicion about the citizens is ridiculous. Here is the Wildrose and the PCs clamoring that they are being subverted by NDP Supporters:

http://nationalpost.com/news/politics/kenney-has-no-fear-of-disgruntled-liberal-tories-in-alberta-party/wcm/62f69161-c63b-4766-a117-36d36ccfcaa9#comments-area
Both Kenney and Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt, who also spoke at the unity town hall, reiterated the claim that allies of the NDP within the labour movement were attempting to “hijack” the unity vote by joining Wildrose and casting their ballot against the deal.

What the united Conservative Party should be terrified of is the yappiness of their own people leading to Lake of Fire incidents will lead voters to question the ability of candidates to represent all of us rather than select groups.

In fact, the only thing that the Conservatives have to be afraid of in the next election is their own unwillingness to form the next government --because if there are Lake of Fire incidents this indicates to us that they don't want to be government but stay safely in opposition with no skin in the game.

In my opinion, most of us in Alberta are fiscally conservative and socially liberal. What this means to me is that we don't want far right or far left junk. We want debt free, efficient government, help for the most needy and pruned ABCs (agencies, boards and commissions). I personally, am tired of paying for advocates and Ombudsman offices that are basically unproductive. It would be far better to take the money used for these advocates and give them to folks on AISH.

In other words, I am looking for a political party to prune government, decrease salaries, benefits, expense accounts and perks so that citizens who have none of this junk aren't taxed to death.  We want less government, lower expenses for the government and we want the most vulnerable taken care of. This is why I am voting Wildrose but if they turn into the United Conservative Party Mr. Clark is quite right to say that there are voters who will park their conservative votes with the Alberta Party.

No way am I going to vote for the PCs in any format ever again.


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Kenney has no fear of disgruntled liberal Tories in Alberta Party

Alberta PC leader Jason Kenney speaks at a riding event held at the University of Calgary in Calgary on Friday June 9, 2017. Jim Wells/Postmedia Jim Wells, Jim Wells/PostmediaJim Wells / Postmedia
James Wood, Calgary Herald
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June 30, 2017
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Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney says he isn’t worried that disgruntled Tories looking for a new political home will damage a proposed unified conservative party.
Former PC party president Katherine O’Neill is now the executive director of Alberta Together, a group looking to unite centrists ahead of the 2019 provincial election.
About 300 people turned out fAlbertans are neither far-left, nor far-right.”or a meeting in Red Deer last Saturday to hear from speakers such as Stephen Mandel, former Edmonton mayor and Tory cabinet minister, and pass a resolution in support of the Alberta Party.
But following a Thursday town hall on the issue of the Tories and Wildrose joining together in a new United Conservative Party, Kenney downplayed the potential threat.
“The Alberta Party is just a group of Liberals who are embarrassed by the Liberal label,” Kenney told reporters, suggesting the Alberta Party was to the left of the NDP because of leader Greg Clark’s willingness to consider a provincial sales tax.
He noted that former Tories, such as Nancy MacBeth and Raj Sherman, went on to lead the Liberals, with little effect on the PCs.
“People will have a couple of clear choices in the next election I predict: one big sensible mainstream free-enterprise party called the United Conservative Party and one big-spending, high-taxing party called the NDP,” said Kenney.
But Clark — who holds his party’s single seat in the legislature — said he doesn’t buy Kenney’s nonchalance.
“There’s no question we’re growing,” he said. “We’re starting to make them worried, with good reason. Albertans are neither far-left, nor far-right.”
Wildrose members will vote at a special meeting in Red Deer on July 22 whether to approve the agreement that would create the UCP, with 75 per cent the threshold for success. Tories will vote between July 20 and 22 whether to ratify the deal, with a simple majority sufficient for it to be approved.
Kenney said he was confident the deal will be approved but warned the crowd of about 300 at the Glenmore Inn there is no “easy fallback” if Tories and Wildrose members reject the plan to unite.
Responding to a question from the crowd, Kenney said that if the deal is defeated there may be possibilities for co-operation, such as each party agreeing not to run against each other, but that his first duty in that case would be strengthening the PCs.
“My main priority would be building up the PC party. I think people should understand there is no easy Plan B here. There is a hard choice here — unite or not,” he told reporters.
Both Kenney and Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt, who also spoke at the unity town hall, reiterated the claim that allies of the NDP within the labour movement were attempting to “hijack” the unity vote by joining Wildrose and casting their ballot against the deal.
“The degree to which they’re doing it is not measurable, but we know it’s happening to some extent,” said Fildebrandt.

jwood@postmedia.com


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