Sunday, July 10, 2016
Stephen Harper and the Blessing of Jason Kenney
For weeks Jason Kenney has been all but begging Stephen Harper to endorse his crusade to unite the right in Alberta.
He promised us his master's blessing was coming.
He's been practically quivering with excitement at the thought of being anointed by the one he served so faithfully for so long.
So I only hope Kenney was wearing diapers yesterday, when that blessing finally arrived.
And his earthly lord called on him to lead the crusade to save the province from Rachel Notley and her godless communists.
Former prime minister Stephen Harper has endorsed Jason Kenney as the next Alberta PC leader, saying the situation in the province must change.
"This province is the beating heart of the Canadian conservative movement," Harper said while addressing a federal Conservative Party Stampede BBQ Saturday evening in Calgary.
But while Kenney must have been terribly excited, judging by the way he was sweating, he couldn't have been surprised.
For what is already only too clear, is that his crusade is nothing less than an attempted takeover of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta by the federal Conservative Party.
Which has from the moment Rachel Notley's NDP came to power, been Harper's singular obsession.
In the months after the NDP’s surprise victory in Alberta, then-prime minister Stephen Harper told his closest political associates that he planned to set up a provincial wing of the federal Conservative Party to unite the right in the province. That plan was foiled by his electoral defeat last October, but sources suggest it is not dead.
Senior Alberta Conservatives say they would prefer the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties come together of their own accord. But if they don’t, their federal cousins will use their organizational and financial clout to ensure the NDP faces a united conservative party at the next election.
When he was defeated the powerful group of Cons behind the move to unite the right started suggesting that Harper himself might get involved.
If Alberta's unite the right movement doesn't get its act together, Ottawa Conservatives, including former prime minister Stephen Harper, could well step in, says one political insider.
And as you can see Jason Kenney has already been focus testing its new name.
The name appears in a couple of polls, nosecounts both done in the last week of June, ammo for Kenney's argument.
Poll No. 1. Pantheon Research. Conservatives 44% and NDP 21%. Undecided 17%.
Poll No. 2. Mainstreet Research. Conservatives 43% and NDP 23%. Undecided 21%.
Which only makes me wonder, if Kenney does manage to win the PC leadership race with the help of the Harper Party. Which won't be easy.
And if he does manage to unite the PCs and the Wildrose party. Which will be even harder.
After what is sure to be a painful birth, would he run against a Wildrose candidate for the leadership of the new party?
Or will he just be warming the throne for a last minute compromise candidate?
You know, The Great Uniter.
For let's be clear, there is nothing but NOTHING Stephen Harper would like more than to create a new Conservative Party in his own image.
Lead the battle to drive the NDP usurpers from power in his beloved Alberta.
Rehabilitate his shattered political career.
And punish the rest of the country for defeating him so decisively...
It may seem farfetched, but I wouldn't rule anything out.
For the Cons are desperate to regain control of a province they consider their own.
And while the rest of Canada has rejected the evil ideology of Harperism.
In Alberta it seems, it's still very much alive.
And the good news?
If that brazen takeover attempt fails, Kenney, Harper and their party will be finished forever...
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