In winning the Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche UCP nomination, Brian Jean has transformed from an irritating thorn in Premier Jason Kenney’s side into a dagger. Kenney’s renowned ability for political organization failed him, as Jean didn’t just win the nomination, he trounced his opponent Joshua Gogo with 68% support. This is problematic for Kenney on a number of levels.

Kenney has been desperate to win back the confidence of his party as his personal support levels hit record lows, for any premier in the modern history of polling in Alberta. Kenney’s best hope of convincing skittish UCP MLAs to continue supporting him is to maintain their belief he will be able to recover support and win the next election. Rather than instilling confidence among his caucus members that he has the support of grassroots members, Jean’s win has further shaken confidence in the leader.

Senior Columnist & Host

Cory Morgan is a Senior Alberta Columnist and the Host the Cory Morgan Show for the Western Standard and Alberta Report based in the Calgary Headquarters. He previously served as Opinion Editor.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.