Musings —06.30.2016 09:00 AM—
Jason Kenney, who I genially detest, is apparently heading back to Alberta, because he knows his flavour of conservativism – socially, fiscally and politically antediluvian conservativism – is dead as a proverbial doornail in Ottawa.
He apparently thinks that his political future is found in Alberta. I think he’s wrong about that. Reasons:
- Pretty much everyone – even political adversaries – agree Rachel Notely is doing a good job with a bad hand. Her performance during the Fort Mac fire, in particular, shows that only a fool (cf. Kenney, above) would underestimate her.
- Stephen Harper – and, later, Justin Trudeau – have moved Alberta into the mainstream of Canadian politics. My home province is far, far more diverse and progressive than it was when I was growing up there. Kenney’s style of politics is retrograde everywhere – and in urban Alberta, too.
- The yawning chasm on Alberta’s Right shows no sign of repairing itself anytime soon. The PCs and Wildrose detest each other. How will Jason Kenney bridge that gap that in one election cycle? More to the point, which party does he intend to run? The corrupt, discredited one? Or the one with lumbering dinosaurs in it?
- He’s been in politics a long, long time. People – and people in Alberta in particular – now know who he is in his essence. The defeat of the Conservative Party in 2015 wasn’t Stephen Harper’s alone – it was also a defeat for Kenney and his ilk. Canadians, in Alberta and everywhere, wanted no more of Jason Kenney-style politics.
Will he run anyway? Of course he will. He’s never held a job in the real world, and he thinks he’s a genius.
I therefore look forward to his humiliation in the next Alberta provincial election.