Thursday, July 07, 2016
Jason Kenney and the Ghost of Ralph Klein
It was supposed to be Jason Kenney's Big Day. The day he announced he was leaving Ottawa to go save Alberta from the commie hordes.
Jason Kenney has confirmed he is leaving federal politics to try to unite the right in Alberta in a bid to fend off another "catastrophic" NDP victory in his home province.
So there he was, quivering with excitement and sweating profusely, trying to make it sound like the Second Coming.
But judging from their faces the people behind him weren't too impressed, and neither were a lot of others.
Like the Canadian Taxpayer's Federation, which Kenney once headed, that accused him of wasting the taxpayer's money.
Jason Kenney did not step down as a member of Parliament when he officially launched his bid to lead Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives – a decision fiscal hawks say is an inappropriate use of taxpayers’ money.
“He should definitely be taking a leave of absence that is unpaid,” Aaron Wudrick, the federal director for the organization, said. “There is a problem when a member of Parliament is being paid by taxpayers and seeking office elsewhere.”
And along with a lot of others also complained about the way the would be saviour of Alberta had linked his parliamentary website to this propaganda site...
Which besides being tacky, and a waste of money, is also against the rules of the House of Commons.
But then as we know, Kenney likes to cling to power like an octopus...
And will do ANYTHING to win.
But what was even more bizarre, was that although Kenney is joining the PROGRESSIVE Conservative Party of Alberta. A party that is trying to become more moderate and more modern.
He seems determined to take it in the other direction, by reaching out and embracing the ghost of Ralph Klein.
“And then, lo and behold, the most remarkable leader emerged right here in Alberta. That man with a twinkle in his eye,” Kenney said. “The late, great Ralph Klein. Ralph, well, he did the impossible.”
“We miss you Ralph! My goodness, we miss you!”
You know, King Ralph...
Who even when he was sober was no progressive.
Klein slashed government spending by deep cuts – more than 20 per cent – in public spending resulting in massive job losses in the public sector. His government took a knife to funding for arts and health programs, going so far as to demolish hospitals, laying off thousands of nurses, and selling off the provincial public telephone company, AGT to private interests.
And then there was the sighting of the religious fanatic Rob Anders in the audience...
Who also spoke volumes about where Kenney would take the Progressive Conservative Party...
But it was the young woman standing right behind Kenney.
The one with the strange look in her eyes.
Who sent out the clearest message in that regard...
For Caitlyn Madlener is a right-wing activist who is associated with Ezra Levant's ghastly Rebel Media. And is best known for a video she made attacking the PC Party.
The video jabs the PCs for racking up debt, not understanding how to live "within their means," turning Alberta into a "have-not" province, as well as various scandals, accusing the party of entitlement, abusing taxpayers' dollars and simply not caring about average Albertans.
Just like Kenney did for the last three years before deciding to run for leader.
Which suggests that the chubby chicken hawk and grubby bigot is planning to take the party far to the right, so as to drive out the moderates, and make it easier for him to unite with the Wildrose rednecks.
In short, weaken the PCs rather than build them up. As the ex-Con Brent Rathgeber also suggests here.
Of course, the whole thing could be a ruse. Perhaps Kenney is a Trojan Horse, convinced that the best way to unite the right in Alberta is to destroy (or at least weaken) one of the legacy parties to the point where it can be easily absorbed by its rival.
Which would be a first for a party leader. Would be bizarre.
But is so Jason Kenney...
A hopeless reactionary, stuck in the past.
Unable to change.
And hopefully heading for the final chapter in his ghastly story...
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