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Jean rips Kenney for ‘new base’ comment, says premier has ‘failed’

“When a politician rejects the people whose votes he campaigned for, it is always his fault and never theirs,” said Brian Jean.




Former Wildrose Leader and UCP co-founder Brian Jean tore a strip off of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney for telling the UCP caucus that “If they are our base, I want a new base.”

“You might want a ‘new base.’ Albertans want better leadership,” Jean said in a Tuesday night Facebook post.

“When a politician rejects the people whose votes he campaigned for, it is always his fault and never theirs.”

“The UCP was created to unite a wide variety of Albertans,” Jean continued. “They were attracted to the thought of Alberta being governed by a common-sense party that listened to them, that answered their questions and that was straight with them. Premier, if many Albertans have stopped doing what you want, that is on you.”

Jean was referring to a Sunday incident when Kenney told a closed-door UCP caucus meeting “I want a new base” as he slammed the rogue anti-lockdown rodeo in Bowden.

Kenney used the meeting to rail against the ‘No More Lockdowns Rodeo’, which attracted approximately 4,000-5,000 attendees over the weekend.

Three UCP MLAs, who spoke to the Western Standard on the condition of anonymity, said another MLA spoke up and reminded Kenney that the people who went to the rodeo were the “base” of the UCP’s support.

“If they are our base, I want a new base,” Kenney told the meeting, according to the three MLAs.

Kenney called the story “false.”

But it didn’t sit to well with Jean, who also blasted Kenney for his latest COVID-19 lockdown tightening and restrictions.

“You have failed to answer their questions. You have failed to give them the data and information they were looking for. You have failed to keep them persuaded,” Jean wrote.

“Leaders bring people together. Leaders listen and explain and convince. Leaders answer questions and provide the information that people need to understand things. A leader is sometimes in the hot seat – take it. It is your job.

“A few weeks ago, I wrote about how AHS is hiding critical health data from Albertans – you have done nothing about that. I wrote about how the CMOH wasn’t being asked the right questions and how to fix that. You ignored that too. I made suggestions on how you could reach across the political aisle and unify Albertans. Your response was to arrogantly reject even those Albertans who voted for you.

“Premier, Albertans have lost confidence in you. Those who didn’t vote for you have concluded that you are even worse than they feared. Those who did vote for you, know that you are not governing as they would have hoped.”

Jean was first elected as a Tory MP in a Fort McMurray-area riding in 2004. He was re-elected in 2008 and 2011. He resigned in 2014, and the next year become the leader of Alberta’s Wildrose Party.

After the party merged with the UCP, Jean ran to become leader but lost to Kenney.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Editor of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Liliana Brown

    May 5, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Kenny could easily win back some respect, all he has to do is show some serious proof that these insane measures are actually scientifically driven and that they save lives. The fact that he has been repeatedly asked to provide the “data” for why he is justified for destroying thousands of Albertans lives through restrictions and yet STILL HAS NOT DONE SO is why people are no longer listening and why they are outright rebelling. Our elected officials work for us, the people and Kenney is denying and outright ignoring the peoples most basic request: “show us the data, show us the science!” The fact that he still hasn’t done that over a year later, and that Hinshaw requested more time to gather proof before appearing in court speaks for itself. There ISN’T ANY. The answer to everything is delay, delay, delay. Why on earth would people support this government? Can we blame them? I have no sympathy for this man anymore. There is no excuse for him closing schools, destroying businesses and plunging the province into crippling debt (for which our kids will get to pay for) when he can’t do the most simple thing of providing some scientific proof that what he is doing is actually saving lives when the people DESERVE IT after giving up over a year of normal life. It’s not that hard, Kenney. Or maybe it is?

  2. Elaine Price

    May 5, 2021 at 11:37 am

    I’m dismayed at how he has and has not answered questions about Covid/PCR testing etc. If he is telling the truth then answer the call to debate not only issues of Covid but other concerns of Albertans. These question periods where his staff can pick and choose the questions is not an honourable way to speak to the people that brought you into this position.

  3. John Lankers

    May 5, 2021 at 9:26 am

    The trust was lost before the Covid scare hit, referendum on equalization, daylight savings time survey, reducing government spending, Fair Deal Panel recommendations …, and the list goes on. Jason Kenney is the Trojan Horse brought in by the old, corrupt PC through the back door. What Dr. Hinshaw, the CMOH concerns, she was appointed by Rachel Notley in January of 2019. Questions?

  4. Kelly Carter

    May 5, 2021 at 7:28 am

    I voted for Brian Jean. Wonderful guy who really does get it.

  5. Ben

    May 4, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    While I like the article, if it’s to be taken seriously, you may want to fix the typos. To instead of too. Macmurry instead of McMurray. I support the western standard, but please, get it right before taking it public. I want this medium to gain ground.

  6. Erik Tarves

    May 4, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    I would bet anything Kenny is lying through his teeth when he says it’s “fake news”.
    Becuase it rings true, and his actions towards us, the people who supported him, have been slapped in the face by him

  7. Steven Ruthven

    May 4, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    I voted for Jason Kenney for Premier of the UCP, although I was a Wild Rose member at the time.

    Imagine how betrayed I feel now with Jason Kenney’s leadership, not only on COVID-19, but his betrayal of more autonomy for Albertans, fighting Ottawa. Then the newly minted Premier Kenney tells Albertans he’s “a staunch Federalist”. I never heard that come out of his mouth on the campaign trail in his blue pick up truck. I think Mr. Kenney is a liar & I also think he is lying when he says “it’s fake news” regarding the rodeo in Bowden, Alberta.

  8. Joc2257

    May 4, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Hey, Kenney, resign now and get the hell out of Alberta and go back east and suck up to your global federalist buddies , we don’t want or need you here

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Third pastor arrested in Alberta for breaking COVID lockdowns

Pastor Tim Stephens, of the Fairview Baptist Church, was arrested by city police on Sunday afternoon.




A Calgary baptist preacher has become the third religious leader arrested in Alberta for breaking COVID-19 regulations over church attendance.

Pastor Tim Stephens, of the Fairview Baptist Church, was arrested by city police on Sunday afternoon. He had been the subject of repeated warnings from Alberta Health Services for having too many people at his services.

Earlier this month, on the church’s website, Stephens vowed to contiue services.

“Our actions are borne out of theological commitments to the Lordship of Christ and his instruction to the church as revealed in Scripture,” wrote Stephens.

“This, above all, is the reason why we have been gathering and will continue to gather … the consequences may be severe. But we stand before Christ rather than bend before consequences.”

Pastor James Coates, of the GraceLife Church, outside Edmonton, spent a month in jail after he was arrested by the RCMP for breaking lockdown regulations repeatedly. His case is still before the courts.

Last week, Pastor Art Pawlowski was arrested in Calgary for continuing to flout the regulations at his street chruch.

Calgary police at the AHS issued a joint statement saying Stephens was “arrested this afternoon for organizing a church service that was held today at Fairview Baptist Church, located at 230 78 Ave. S.E., that did not comply with public health orders, including masking, physical distancing and attendance limits. Police did not enter the church during today’s service.

“CPS has received repeated calls from concerned citizens regarding church services held at Fairview Baptist Church over the past several weeks. Last weekend, Pastor Stephens was proactively served a copy of the Court of Queen’s Bench Order obtained by AHS,” the statement said.

“The pastor acknowledged the injunction, but chose to move forward with today’s service, ignoring requirements for social distancing, mask-wearing and reduced capacity limits for attendees.

“For several weeks, AHS has attempted to work collaboratively with leadership at Fairview Baptist Church to address the ongoing public health concerns at the site. It is only when significant risk is identified or continued non-compliance is noted that AHS resorts to enforcement action.

“Once again, CPS acknowledges it is important to understand that law enforcement recognizes people’s desire to participate in faith-based gatherings as well as the right to protest. However, as we are still in a global pandemic, we all must comply with public health orders in order to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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LETTER: Hypocrisy in high school rodeo approval

I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney, can you?




RE: Hinshaw grants approval for high school rodeos

Dr. Hinshaw approved school rodeos after Premier Kenney thought the rodeo near Bowden was a bad idea. It’s the mixed messaging these two are giving that is making me mad. A lockdown with very minimum exemptions is what I thought Hinshaw wanted, but apparently not. A school rodeo can bloody well wait until after the lockdown is completed!! Let up on the Whistle Stop Cafe then, Dr. Hinshaw. What a bully.

It’s a real kick by Hinshaw, at the Whistle Stop Cafe owner. With his cafe now in chains, while Dr. Hinshaw gives out approvals during this so-called circuit breaker lockdown.

I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney, can you?

Steven Ruthven
Calgary, AB

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Opposition calls for crackdown on animal activists

A proposed private members bill, C-205, would amend the Health of Animals Act to punish trespassers on farms with a maximum $250,000 fine and/or a maximum two-year prison sentence.





A coalition of federal Conservatives, NDP and Bloc MPs want to increase punishment for animal rights activists trespassing on farms, because they might make the animals sick.

A proposed private members bill, C-205, would amend the Health of Animals Act to punish trespassers on farms with a maximum $250,000 fine and/or a maximum two-year prison sentence.

Chief Veterinary Officer for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said there are no proven instances of an animal rights activists spreading a disease to animals while protesting at a farm.

“To our knowledge, there are not many documented cases from trespassing or from people having demonstrations. The one that I heard is the one in Quebec, but I’m not actually sure if there is evidence of transmission from the activists to the pigs. So in the scientific literature, we have not seen much evidence of transmission of disease from these activities,” said Dr. Jaspinder Komal, to the agriculture committee earlier this month.

The one instance Komal mentioned was an allegation made by Porgreg, a pig breeding facility in Saint Hyacinthe, Que.

The activists involved in that protest, members of the group Direct Action Everywhere, are charged under the Criminal Code with breaking and entering and mischief. Whether or not they gave pigs rotavirus is a matter before the court.

Rotaviruses are common amongst pig herds and typically are transmitted from pig to pig, via the fecal-oral route.

If a human were to spread a novel rotavirus to a pig it would be in a similar fashion.

When asked if she or any of her associates pooped in the barn, activist Jenny McQueen said, “No.”

Komal said the CFIA does not police activists.

“The CFIA enforces the Health of Animals Act and regulations which address disease and biological, chemical, physical agents that may affect animals or be transmitted to persons and in the same way to protect animals from these risks…CFIA inspectors are public officers they are not peace officers… In contrast, peace officers are generally police officers, their powers include the ability to detain or arrest individuals. Peace officers may also be armed where public officers such as inspectors are not,” he said.

There are several new provincial laws that seek to lay blame for disease outbreaks in farmed animals on activists.

The Canadian Biosecurity Guideline lists an intentional act of contaminating animals with a disease is considered a possible threat of bioterrorism.

Gregory is a Vancouver-based freelance reporter

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