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Poll shows Kenny ‘on life-support’

A ThinkHQ poll released Monday shows Premier Jason Kenney has the support of only 22% of people in the province.

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A premier of Alberta hasn’t been this disliked since the days of Alison Redford.

A ThinkHQ poll released Monday shows Premier Jason Kenney has the support of only 22% of people in the province.

The poll shows if an election was held today, NDP leader Rachel Notley would likely sweep back into power.

The poll shows Notley is not only ahead of Kenney in Edmonton, but also in the normally conservative strong house of Calgary.

ThinkHQ poll

“This represents a serious decline in support for the Alberta premier, down 16 percentage points in the past two months, after a modest uptick in approval in July. If history is a guide, Kenney’s approval today is in dangerous territory. The last premier to sink to these depths in public support was Alison Redford who recorded an approval rating of only 18% in March of 2014 shortly before resigning,” said pollsters.

“Kenney has never been an overwhelmingly popular premier. During the “honeymoon” period of his new government in the second half of 2019, the UCP leader’s support reached its highest level (56%), but he and his government have been dogged by (among other things) their careening response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“His slide in approval began shortly after the start of the pandemic, dropping from 52% to 31% over the course of the first year of COVID. In July, Kenney’s approval jumped up 7 percentage points driven by removal of COVID restrictions coupled with declining/stable case counts, but by the end of July COVID cases began spiking ushering in a massive 4th wave in Alberta.”

Notley has seen public appraisals of her performance notch up slightly since July, currently sitting at 50% approval (32% strong) vs. 47% disapproval (39% strong).

The poll also found:

  • Edmonton has historically been the most hostile territory for Kenney, but today his disapproval in Calgary is very much on par with the capital region. Even in areas normally viewed as “strongholds” such as Central and Southern Alberta or purely “rural” areas of the province, the UCP leader’s approval doesn’t surpass 30%
  • Men are now equally unsupportive of Kenney as women, although disapproval does decline slightly with age (even among those 55+, nearly three-quarters disapprove)
  • Among those who voted UCP in the last provincial election, only 39% say they approve of Kenney’s performance since

“Jason Kenney is a leader on life-support, and his prognosis is not good. We have not seen a sitting premier with numbers this low in almost a decade; Alison Redford resigned the day it was revealed her approval at the time had dropped to 18%. That’s a ‘margin of error’ difference from Kenney’s results today,” said ThinkHQ President Marc Henry.

“There is no doubt that COVID-19 is the origin of much of Kenney’s troubles, but in many respects, he has been the architect of his own misfortune. The province’s response to COVID has been unresponsive, at times contrary and disjointed, and the political gamble that was ‘The Best Summer Ever’ is now taking a punishing toll both politically for the leader and in real human costs for Albertans and the health care system. 

“Kenney’s difficulties navigating COVID are in many respects a reflection of the party he leads. COVID-19 response is an issue that unites progressive voters and splits conservative ones. And the United Conservative Party today under Jason Kenney’s leadership is very much the ‘Divided Conservative Party’. The UCP is an electoral creature, sown together from two rival conservative parties primarily to unseat the NDP government. They did that, but in the face of this prolonged and punishing pandemic, the creature is tearing itself apart at the stitches. The question is, how long can it continue this course of self-destruction before it is no longer viable to prevent another Notley government?”

The entire poll and methodology can be found here.

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  1. sbrasok@gmail.com

    October 6, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Typos are always in the headline aren’t they?

  2. Dominic Ieraci

    October 6, 2021 at 8:45 am

    time for dictator dogshit to ride off into the dustbin of history, after being tarred and feathered and branded a despot

  3. Glenn Taylor

    October 6, 2021 at 7:22 am

    If Kenney had stuck to conservative principals over COVID, he’d still be down in the polls but not by nearly as much. Had he stood up to our fear mongering media and reigned in AHS which is playing political games with covid, he’d look strong instead of paniced and fickle. He should have demanded that AHS test and use ivermectin which saves lives.

    And by the next election, he might have stabalized and probably won again. He has no hope now.

    WIPA is the only alternative now. Raging Rachel who is using fear as a bludgeon would wreck this province and sell us out to Ottawa.

    WIPA is our only political option.

  4. Claudette Leece

    October 6, 2021 at 6:36 am

    Who believes these polls, only ones who want raging Rachel are the lefties in this province. When they replace him , everyone with brains will go back to,a conservative or sepertist, PPC party. If you want to kill AB permantly vote in that old bat

  5. Clash

    October 5, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Kenney is not an EASTERN Conservative, he has become a FAR EASTERN Communist. Kenney, get rid of Verna Yiu, Deena Hinshaw, and Jing Hu from Wuhan. This is Alberta! How have we not run Kenney out on a Rail yet?

  6. Cosmo Kramer

    October 5, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Proud Albertan, Kenney and the UCP are doing exactly what the NDP would be doing: killing off rural Alberta and bringing in martial law just like Australia. We have to support the Wildrose Independence Party.

  7. Proud Albertan

    October 5, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Omg another NDP gov will decimate the province and kill off rural Alberta once and for all.. NDP would lock us up like Australia… people need to think … disaster waiting to happen

  8. K

    October 5, 2021 at 11:54 am

    WIPA is the ONLY alternative. Do not vote in NDP or the cons again. We literally have NOTHING to lose.

  9. Wesley

    October 5, 2021 at 11:47 am

    The only thing I dislike more than the direction Kenny and AHS has taken is the NDP. God forbid if Rachel and her progressive destroyers get in again. Alberta will be a wasteland.

  10. Dennis

    October 5, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Right on Andrew, we must not let the NDP win this. Let’s get behind a real government By the People, For the People.
    Wildrosenation.com

  11. Left Coast

    October 5, 2021 at 9:45 am

    Kenney was never there for Alberta . . . it was always about Kenney.

    Just another Ontario Progressive . . . and complete fraud.

  12. Andrew

    October 5, 2021 at 9:29 am

    If you are unhappy with Kenney and the UCP go to wildrosenation.com and get involved!

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Flights from Vancouver to Kamloops priced more than $1,200 over Christmas

BC flight prices have skyrocketed over the Christmas season following flood damage to highways.

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Following substantial flooding in November, which led to savaged highways and infrastructure, many of those planning to visit family out of town for Christmas are forced to fly — and some will be paying exorbitant prices for it.

For example, a WestJet round trip — listed on Expedia — from Vancouver to Kamloops, BC on December 22, with a return flight on December 27 is listed at $1,264 as of Wednesday morning.

The normally 30-minute flight includes a nearly four-hour layover in Calgary.

On TripAdvisor, the same round trip is priced similarly.

Those planning a round trip from Vancouver to Kelowna, BC on the same dates will save a few hundred bucks in comparison to those headed for Kamloops. For example, one round trip with WestJet from Vancouver to Kelowna — December 22-27 — is listed at $741 on Wednesday, although it includes a six-hour layover in Edmonton.

Normal flight times between the locales are 55 minutes.

Prices on WestJet’s website are comparable. On Air Canada’s site, all are currently sold out for the aforementioned dates and locations.

However, those travelling between Vancouver and Kelowna can find cheaper trips on Swoop if they fly out of Abbotsford, BC. On Wednesday morning, a non-stop round trip from Abbotsford to Kelowna, departing on December 22 and returning on December 29, is priced under $300.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com
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Top Ontario doc says separating vaxxed and unvaxxed best way to get COVID under control

Ontario has had more than 626,000 cases of COVID-19 which has left more than 10,000 people dead.

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One of the ways to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control is to stop “the mixing of unvaccinated and vaccinated,” says Ontario’s chief medical officer.

“Basic means of protecting individuals is stopping the mixing of unvaccinated and vaccinated,” said Dr. Kieran Moore at a Tuesday press conference.

“And if our cases continue through and after the holidays we would make recommendations of government to continue the certification process in play. But we’ll continue to review the data. We do have a very robust testing strategy in Ontario for the winter months as we’ve released previously. We’ve purchased … 11 million rapid antigen test for all students in Ontario.”

Moore was asked whether COVID-19 is “something we’re just going to have to learn to live with” and whether it would ever go away.

“We have a long ways to go with the World Health Organization and other international organizations to try to decrease the number of individuals in which this virus can mutate and/or spread,” he said.

“But I do see a time when we’ll have low, endemic rates and it will turn out to be like influenza or other winter respiratory viruses where there’s a seasonality to it, where it does have an intermittent impact on our health-care system and like influenza, you need an annual vaccine to protect against it.”

Ontario has had more than 626,000 cases of COVID-19 which has left more than 10,000 people dead.

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Trudeau’s beach denier demoted

Trudeau was photographed twice on a beach in Tofino after deciding to skip the first day of a holiday he created — the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

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The Justin Trudeau spokesman who told reporters the prime minister “wasn’t on a beach” when he was, has been demoted, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Trudeau was photographed twice on a beach in Tofino after deciding to skip the first day of a holiday he created — the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

Trudeau had promised to “set a higher bar for openness and transparency in government.”

Alex Wellstead will be “taking on new challenges” as press secretary to the industry minister, the Prime Minister’s Office said yesterday.  

Wellstead. Courtesy Twitter

Wellstead in a statement called it “a very difficult decision to make.” He had worked as Trudeau’s official spokesman for 20 months.

Wellstead on September 30 issued misleading statements to conceal the fact Trudeau spent the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at a beach resort in Tofino, B.C.

“He wasn’t on a beach,” Wellstead told The Canadian Press at the time. Global News and the weekly Chilliwack Progress photographed Trudeau strolling on the beach and enjoying a glass of beer on a beachfront patio.

The Prime Minister’s Office claimed Trudeau was in private meetings in Ottawa. Staff flew an Indian Residential School “survivors’ flag” and issued a solemn statement in Trudeau’s name.

“We remember the children who never made it home,” it said.

Wellstead did not explain his conduct.

“You as a communicator need to understand everything,” Wellstead said in a March 30 interview with public relations students at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont.

The prime minister in 2015 Ministerial Mandate letters said officials must be truthful and transparent.

“Members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, indeed all journalists in Canada and abroad, are professionals who by asking necessary questions contribute in an important way to the democratic process,” wrote Trudeau.

“Your professionalism and engagement with them is essential.

“We have committed to set a higher bar for openness and transparency in government. It is time to shine more light on government to ensure it remains focused on the people it serves.

“Government and its information should be open by default. If we want Canadians to trust their government, we need a government that trusts Canadians.

“It is important that we acknowledge mistakes when we make them. Canadians do not expect us to be perfect. They expect us to be honest, open and sincere in our efforts to serve the public interest.”

Trudeau on October 6 apologized for the Tofino holiday.

“Traveling on September 30 was a mistake and I regret it,” the prime minister told reporters.

“What made you decide to take a personal trip on a day your government set aside to honour the victims and survivors of residential schools?” asked a reporter.

“Like I said, it was a mistake,” replied Trudeau.

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