Progress Report #161
Your weekly update on Alberta politics for April 8, 2019
We’re just over a week away from the Alberta election, and while the polls are tightening up, Jason Kenney and the UCP are still in the lead.
If you’re among Alberta’s top earners, that’s great news for you, with Kenney promising to enact a number of tax cuts which more or less only apply to the wealthiest. But for the rest of us, it’s not looking great.
As an organization that sits firmly on the left we’re often a little disappointed by our more-centrist NDP government. But given the choice between the two–and the polls really are clear, in nearly every constituency in the province this thing is down to the UCP or the NDP–we firmly oppose Jason Kenney’s hard-right conservatism.
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On conservative talk radio, Kenney gets demolished
It’s not often that we share conservative talk radio but an episode of Charles Adler Tonight from last week stands as probably the most significant media piece of the entire election.
Adler counts himself as a long-time personal friend of Jason Kenney’s but was disgusted when Kenney announced he’d undo privacy protections around gay-straight-alliances by repealing the School Act. The final straw for Adler was when Kenney refused to eject his education critic, Mark Smith, after it was revealed that in 2013 Smith delivered a sermon where he argued that “gay love” isn’t real love and equated it with pedophilia.
Adler brought Kenney on his program to explain himself last Wednesday and the episode is remarkable. If you haven’t heard it yet you should check it out. Kenney was just thoroughly raked over the coals, without mercy.
If you’ve got conservative friends and family who won’t listen to you about this election, maybe they’ll listen to Mr. Adler. Share the episode widely.
- Our director Duncan Kinney writes for CBC Opinion this week that the UCP platform is a remarkable misreading of Albertan values–and that Alberta’s more progressive than you think. Have a look at Duncan’s argument and let me know what you think.
- Jason Kenney’s right-hand-man is in hot water this weekend after it was reported that Jason Nixon had to sign a peace bond in 2009 after allegedly threatening a woman who caught him trespassing and hunting on her property. Nixon maintains, despite the peace bond he signed–a matter of public record–that the woman is a liar.
- Rebel Media is out putting in work for Jason Kenney now: Keean Bexte (formerly a call centre agent for Kenney and a staffer for a white supremacist memorabilia shop) brought a crew of Rebel followers to the candidate debate in Calgary-Varsity, where his group proceeded to disrupt the event and heckle NDP candidate Anne McGrath.
- The leaders’ debate was last week and, in our estimation, completely unremarkable. If you were hoping that some good hits in the debate by Notley would knock out Kenney the way they got Prentice, I’m sorry to report nothing of the sort happened. About the only thing from the debate folks haven’t already forgotten is Alberta Liberal leader Dave Khan’s joke about laying pipe, which Khan has turned into a meme that he’s already running into the ground.
- Press Progress reports that UCP candidate Travis Toews, in his time as director of the Peace River Bible Institute, presided over some pretty wacky school policies–including bans on same-sex sexual activity, yoga, witchcraft, Dungeons & Dragons, and sorcery. Does Travis Toews… does Travis Toews think wizards are real?
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