Ted Byfield: Since Jean would oust me from the party, how can I vote for him?

[Ted Byfield] Since Jean would oust me from the party, how can I vote for him?

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Whenever I try to be “clever,” I get into trouble. So I won’t try; I’ll come right out and confess. I have two biases in favour of Jason Kenney becoming leader of the new United Conservative Party. For one. he is the godfather of our granddaughter, Elise Byfield, fourth child of our son Link who died two and a half years ago. How can I vote against him?

And why would I want to? He’s a very good politician. I spoke at his nomination meeting in 1997 in Calgary when he first ran for Parliament. He won that election and six more. In fact he’s never lost one. In Ottawa, under the Harper government, he handled three top cabinet posts, all risky — employment, defence and immigration– and succeeded eminently in all three.

However it was in an adjunct to the third one — labelled “multiculturalism” — a burden at best to most incumbents, where Kenney’s success was simply remarkable. He turned the office into an election gold mine for the Tories, addressing every possible New Canadian group across the land with the same message — “Vote Your Conscience.” He knew that New Canadians were probably the most natural social conservatives in Canada. They logically had little in common with the social agenda of the Liberals and even less with that of the NDP. In the 2011 election, he is credited with adding more than a dozen Tory seats in the Toronto area, helping mightily to achieve a Conservative majority government.

His skills are much needed right now in Alberta. Throughout this calendar year, we have begun to suffer the dire consequences of what seems, to inexpert people like me, an agenda of flawed environmental policies. On top of this, we must sustain the effects of new technologies that vastly expand the reserve of fossil fuels– meaning there’s a crippling oversupply of what we sell. Construction, I’m told, has come near a dead halt in Calgary, empty office space is everywhere evident, and Edmonton can expect to be hit just as hard next year. The outlook, in other words, is grim. Not since the ‘Eighties. or perhaps even the ‘Thirties, of the last century have our prospects looked so bleak.

So what we urgently need at the helm of the provincial government is sound, proven competence. And in Kenney, that is precisely what is being offered to us. In terms of experience, aptitude, and governmental background, nobody in the province comes anywhere near him. “Folksiness” just won’t cut it. We’ve already got our fill of that in Ottawa. So that’s one reason I urge people to make Kenney leader of the UCP, of which he himself is the central architect. After that, the job will be to make him premier. And make no mistake about it: it’s Kenney that the NDP really fear, and well they should.

Then there’s the other reason I’m backing Kenney. I really like the way this new conservative movement is taking hold, and I honestly do not want to be expelled from it. But nevertheless that’s what the other leading candidate for the leadership, Brian Jean, promises he’s going to do to me if he gets elected leader. Why? Because I’m one of those awful “crazies,” as he calls us, whom Mr. Jean so bitterly denounces. I’m a social conservative.

He gets quite nasty about us. When the Calgary Sun reporter asked him to explain the “homophobia” in the old Wildrose Party, he had a ready answer: “There are nuts in every party. Everybody has these people in their party who others would classify as nutbars. What do we do with them? Well, at first, we can try to manage them and then we get rid of them. That’s the truth of it. Our reaction will be quick. It will be ruthless.”

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  1. There is no doubt in my position regarding who should lead the UCP. As we launch voting this morning, I am reminded that it is God who sets leaders into place, and we have a place by participating in that noble effort. Jason Kenney has made his position clear as he has, more than any other candidate, traveled our province, first to unite the right, then make it his goal to NOT put himself first, but to put Albertans ahead of himself. Jason presents a sense of humility that we have not seen in many years. We need leadership that will stand up to the challenges that Ottawa throws at us on a seemingly regular basis. We saw that in the past with our provincial leaders, from Social Credit leadership to Progressive Conservative leadership who were unafraid to say “no more” to Ottawa. People have said that Jason has failed to lay out a policy statement, but they have to be blind to the clear implications of what he is saying. Jason has telegraphed more information through his town hall meetings (I attended his 5th meeting of the day on Sunday evening to a packed, standing-room only crowd) than anyone I have heard live in a long time. Our good friend Ted has hit it right once more. If people don’t want to listen to the warning, they do so at their own risk. As I reviewed Dr. Jordan Peterson’s “12 Principles for a 21st Century Conservatism” on YouTube last night, I was reminded that we need conservative leadership that can convey a sense of urgency and a sense of conviction to take us through what are very troubling times for many people. Financial crisis is on us, and the latest in dictates by the NDP on the Catholic School system in relation to sex-ed is only an indication of the socialist/communist ruler-ship we are currently under. I am hoping that our Catholic brothers and sisters don’t cave to this latest onslaught of attacks by the extreme left. Anyone not following this needs to get up to speed, because it represents the final stages of subjugating a people with an ideology that claims to be the truth (erroneously claiming scientific backing) and will impose it at any cost. This isn’t socialism any more. It’s extreme left (or right depending on how you see it), and we know what those positions are. Jason is the individual who understands his responsibility to God and to the people who he will represent. And it has to be in that order. We can only pray that God will see, in his sovereign will, to give us a leader with those character qualities.

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