Kenney v. Alberta

“What? Me worry?”

That’s the Alfred E. Neuman-like attitude of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney these days about his dreadful standing in provincial polls and the attacks from party insiders, like former UCP MLAs Drew Barnes and Todd Lowen.

“I think it’s going to take some time to heal wounds and some time for people who were upset with us for one reason or another about COVID stuff. It’s going to take time for those wounds to heal,” Kenney told Postmedia’s Rick Bell.

“So I’m not expecting some big bounce in the polls tomorrow but, as we get back to normal and more importantly as this economy starts to take off, I am a huge optimist.

“I don’t think it’s going to happen next week but if you and I sit down here a year from now at Phil’s, I think you’re going to see we regained support and we’re in a good place politically.”

Numerous polls this year have shown Kenney and the UCP getting under 30% support, with the NDP, under Rachel Notley, poised to come back to power.

It’s been a year beset with problems for Kenney – from the UCP Snowbird Scandal, bitter caucus infighting and hated COVID-19 regulations, just to name a few.

It came to a head when the UCP decided to boot out Loewen and Barnes in May out of caucus. Loewen that day had published a letter demanding Kenney resign and Barnes had been a constant pain in Kenney’s side.

But now, Kenney said things are starting to turn around and voters are coming to realize the COVID-19 regulations were a necessary evil.

“They say: Thank you for your leadership through COVID. You guys were between a rock and a hard place. There were no good decisions. You did a good job. Don’t let the naysayers get you down,” Kenney told Bell.

“I actually think that’s where most people’s heads are at.”

“Now we get to focus on jobs, the economy, pipelines and a Fair Deal, relentlessly focus on the issues my party exists for, that I led the unity movement for, that we ran for, that unites conservatives and unites Albertans.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief

Dave Naylor is News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief of the Western Standard based in the Calgary Headquarters. He served as City Editor of the Calgary Sun & covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years.

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