Alberta Premier Kenney and U.S. Senator Manchin on energy security – April 12, 2022

Ron in Regina

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EDMONTON—Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he will step down after barely surviving a leadership review that has revealed the depth of division within the United Conservative Party he founded — and turned politics in the province upside down.

In a dramatic turn of events, Kenney received 51.4 per cent support in the party leadership review, the results of which were released Wednesday night in Calgary.

Moments after those results came in, he addressed the party, and acknowledged he could not remain at its helm.


The Premier had said throughout the review that he would stay on as long as he had the support of more than 50 per cent of party members, but said on Wednesday that he had nonetheless informed the party that he will leave to clear the way for a leadership race.

“I’m sorry but, friends, I truly believe that we need to move forward united,” he told a small group of supporters in Calgary. “We need to put the past behind us. And our members – a large number of our members – have asked for an opportunity to clear the air through a leadership election.”
 

Ron in Regina

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This is from just yesterday now:

With skyrocketing gas prices, Washington scrambling for more oil and the U.S. midterm elections around the corner, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's appearance before a U.S. Senate committee to pitch his province's oil couldn't come at a better time.


Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported last month that the Biden administration officials were seeking ways to boost oil imports from Canada, but with one big caveat — they don't want to resurrect the Keystone XL pipeline.

(This is called cutting off your nose in spite of your face)

Not long after being sworn in as president, Joe Biden fulfilled a campaign promise by signing an executive order scuttling the 1,897-kilometre pipeline expansion, as part of the administration's effort to fight climate change….& to pay back the election loyalty of Governor Whitmore of Michigan…regardless of the consequences.
 

pgs

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The truckers must have been more popular than he thought .
 

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The Premier had said throughout the review that he would stay on as long as he had the support of more than 50 per cent of party members, but said on Wednesday that he had nonetheless informed the party that he will leave to clear the way for a leadership race.

I think it became obvious that Kenney was not the one to lead a fight against Notely's NDP in the next provincial election, the NDP have been polling well ahead of the UCP for some time now based largely on Kenney's unpopularity. While Brian Jean is a front runner in the race to succeed Kenney as party leader, he is not the only hopeful, and it remains to be seen if turfing Kenney will win back voters from the NDP. Alberta politics will most certainly make for some great spectating in the months ahead.
 
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