Jason Kenney

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"[Kenney] says he is only interested in creating a broad-based coalition of mainstream, fiscal, progressive and social conservatives aimed at reversing the damage the NDP are doing. I give him a better than even chance of doing just that." Lorne Gunter, Edmonton Sun, July 7, 2016

HEADLINE: "He's the one Alberta; Foolish to underestimate Jason Kenney" Lorne Gunter, Edmonton Sun, July 7, 2016

"Kenney's anti-party pitch may work. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it will work." Don Braid, Calgary Herald, July 7, 2016

"The unite-the-right movement was a pretty good joke until Wednesday. Today, the NDP shouldn't be so quick to laugh." Don Braid, Calgary Herald, July 7, 2016

HEADLINE: "Jason Kenney has the right stuff" Editorial, Calgary Sun, July 6, 2016

"Jason Kenney's decision to leave federal politics and run for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative party is Canada's loss and Alberta's gain." Editorial, Calgary Sun, July 6, 2016

"Kenney is right that unless Alberta conservatives unite into one party under one leader, a similar fate may befall them, with NDP Premier Rachel Notley winning election after election." Editorial, Calgary Sun, July 6, 2016

HEADLINE: "Enter Jason Kenney, Canada's fiercest carbon-tax killer" Kevin Libin, Financial Post, July 8, 2016

HEADLINE: "Kenney will put a charge into Alberta conservatism" Tom Flanagan, Globe and Mail, July 6, 2016

"For those on the conservative side of the street, politics in Alberta since the last election has been a Seinfeldian show about nothing – endless chatter leading nowhere. Mr. Kenney's bold manoeuvre will give them a show about something – how actually to win back control of the government in the next election." Tom Flanagan, Globe and Mail, July 6, 2016

HEADLINE: "Can Jason Kenney throw a rope around Alberta's unruly Right? Maybe. He's got a better shot than most." Susan Delacourt, iPolitics, July 5, 2016

"Could [Kenney] pull off a merger in Alberta? I wouldn't put it past him." Susan Delacourt, iPolitics, July 5, 2016

"Jason Kenney has a long history of working hard in Ottawa for the best interests of Albertans. He has been both consistent and principled in his approach to governance over two decades. As a lifelong Progressive Conservative, I am pleased that Alberta Prosperity Fund is endorsing a candidate dedicated to bring Alberta's conservative family back together." Jim McCormick, Vice-Chairman of the Board for the Alberta Prosperity Fund, July 5, 2016

"The audience generally received Kenney enthusiastically, with some expressing support for his unite-the-right proposal. 'It's absolutely necessary. We cannot risk another four-year (NDP) mandate.'" Kevin Fischer, 24-year PC supporter, Grand Prairie Daily Herald Tribune, July 7, 2016

"Kenney has the good sense to know there can be no backroom deals to unite the parties." Editorial, Calgary Herald, July 6, 2016

"[Kenney] deserves credit for being frank about his ambitions and for knowing there can be no shortcut to uniting the parties; the will of members is paramount." Editorial, Calgary Herald, July 6, 2016

"I think the NDP are rattled by [Kenney]. I know the premier is putting on a calm face, and, you know, ‘she doesn't care, she's not following this, she's not thinking about it.' But behind the scenes, the [NDP] seems to be scrambling. I've seen numerous NDP members on Twitter, you know, one of them saying ‘this is war, we need your help, donate now.' The [NDP] itself put out a mock press release endorsing Jason Kenney as leader of the PC Party. So it's got their attention. No doubt about it." Rob Breakenridge, AM 770, July 8, 2016

"Jason Kenney is a formidable force, and I'm sure the NDP would rather have the potential for vote splitting in the next election between the PCs and the Wildrose." Rob Breakenridge, AM 770, July 8, 2016

HEADLINE: "‘Put Alberta first:' MP Jason Kenney pitches his leadership to unite the right" Fort McMurray Today, July 6, 2016

HEADLINE: "Jason Kenney pledges to unite right-wing parties and hold a grassroots referendum if elected leader of Alberta PCs" Edmonton Journal, July 8, 2016

"If [the NDP are] not concerned, they're fools. [Kenney's] a very talented political operative [who represents] another view of Alberta and he's representing it in an articulate way that's going to find a lot of resonance with Albertans." Political Strategist Corey Hogan, CBC Calgary, July 6, 2016

"I know [Jason Kenney] has the best interests of Albertans in his heart. Jason is a steadfast defender of conservative principles, a proud Albertan, a tireless campaigner and a fighter for ordinary Canadians from all walks of life. On behalf of all federal Conservatives, I wish him and all Alberta conservatives nothing but the best in the days ahead. I encourage all conservatives to work together to forge a united path to victory." The Hon. Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Official Opposition, Conservative MP, Sturgeon River-Parkland, July 6, 2016

"It's not going to be a walk in the park all the time. There are concerns, there are personalities, but my hope is Albertans put that aside and unite. I think this was a spark today." The Hon. Michelle Rempel, Conservative MP, Calgary Nose Hill, CBC, July 6, 2016

"As a PC member since 1998 I fully support Jason Kenney. He is a leader with experience, integrity and an impressive depth to public policy." Michael Cooper, Conservative MP, St. Albert-Edmonton, Twitter, July 6, 2016

"Proud of my friend and colleague, Jason Kenney, for taking this bold and important step." Mike Lake, Conservative MP, Edmonton-Wetaskiwin, Facebook, July 7, 2016

HEADLINE: "Kenney finally makes his leadership pitch to 'Unite Alberta'" Calgary Herald, July 6, 2016

HEADLINE: "Wildrose leader Brian Jean said if PCs choose Jason Kenney as new leader, he's open to talk about uniting the right" Calgary Sun, July 6, 2016

"But for those Albertans who want to make sure the NDP are one-term wonders, Kenney is presently the best option." Lorne Gunter, July 21, 2016

"Arguably Stephen Harper's most capable cabinet minister…" Chris Hall on Jason Kenney, CBC News, October 20, 2015

"[Jason Kenney's] work ethic is prodigious." James Bagnall, The Saskatoon StarPhoenix, October 20, 2015

"I think very highly of Jason Kenney…he is very competent." Robert Fife, CTV News, June 25, 2015

"I have been impressed by your efforts to support the rights of oppressed people around the world." Dalai Lama letter to Jason Kenney, May 23, 2014

"[Jason Kenney] gets a lot of votes, including mine, for most effective cabinet minister." Lawrence Martin, Globe and Mail, December 2, 2015

"…one of Harper's most able cabinet ministers." Tonda MacCharles on Jason Kenney, Toronto Star, March 18, 2014

"One of the government's most effective ministers." Michael Den Tandt on Jason Kenney, National Post, February 9, 2014

"[Jason Kenney] is the nearest thing in Harper's government to an irreplaceable lieutenant." Stephen Maher, Calgary Herald, February 2, 2015

"[Jason Kenney] pushes files with energy and skill, winning respect across ideological gulfs for his intelligence, good faith and energy." Stephen Maher, Calgary Herald, February 2, 2015

Jason Kenney has "a real understanding of cities." Naheed Nenshi, Twitter, November 22, 2013

"…[Jason Kenney's] seen as one of the Harper government's steadiest and most reliable performers." Kelly McParland, National Post, Jun 22, 2012

"Jason Kenney's immigration revolution chalks up another success" Kelly McParland, National Post, Jun 22, 2012

"Minister Kenney has done more to strengthen our immigration & refugee systems than any of his predecessors." Larry Comeau, The Kingston Whig-Standard, May 17, 2013

"Love him or hate him, [Jason Kenney's] become one of the most influential ministers in modern history"

Editorial, The National Post, March 4, 2013

"Mr. Kenney has established himself as one of the most influential non-prime ministers in the history of Canadian public life." Editorial, The National Post, March 4, 2013

"I got a lot of respect for Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. He may well be the most dedicated minister in Harper`s cabinet." Charles Adler, Sun News Network, March 27, 2012

"[Jason Kenney] has repeatedly shown himself to be a principled politician who is willing to stand by what he has said and act according to his moral framework and conscience." Susan Martinuk, Calgary Herald September 28, 2012

"Even by the frenetic standard set by ambitious politicians, Kenney's work ethic is indeed astonishing." John Geddes, Maclean's, May 14, 2009

Maclean's Parliamentarians of the Year 2009: Best Overall Parliamentarian – Jason Kenney

Maclean's Parliamentarians of the Year 2011: Hardest Working Parliamentarian – Jason Kenney

"One of the few federal ministers who has been able to build bridges on such a contentious file with the provinces." Emmanuelle Latraverse on Jason Kenney, Radio-Canada, March 1, 2014

"[Jason Kenney] is the most politically skilled cabinet minister on the Harper team." Lawrence Martin, iPolitics, May 1, 2014

"It was Mr. Kenney, 45, who took home the title of the Cabinet Minister with the Most Influence." Hill Times, May 19, 2014

"The Prime Minister owes Mr. Kenney a great deal for helping the Conservatives win a majority government in 2011." Steven Chase and Bill Curry, Globe & Mail, February 9, 2015

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Kenney will put a charge into Alberta conservatism

Jason Kenney is about to announce his candidacy for leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta, running on a platform of a merger with the Wildrose Party. The purpose is to avoid splitting the right-wing vote in the next provincial election and thereby maximize chances of defeating the governing NDP.

In one sense, it’s a logical step. In the three other Western provinces, conservative-minded voters have settled on a single alternative to confront the NDP – the BC Liberals, the Saskatchewan Party and the Manitoba Progressive Conservatives. History teaches that while unity doesn’t guarantee success, it offers the best prospects for victory against the social democrats.

But it’s also an audacious step. I can’t think of a historical precedent for someone winning the leadership of a party on a platform of merging with another party. In the 2002 Canadian Alliance leadership race, those who advocated merger with the federal PCs lost. Stephen Harper won by promising to save the Canadian Alliance; he didn’t begin to advocate a merger until a year later, after an electoral disappointment in an Ontario by-election.

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Enter Jason Kenney, Canada’s fiercest carbon-tax killer

Calgary MP Jason Kenney announced Wednesday that he would seek the leadership of the bedraggled provincial Progressive Conservatives with a plan to unite the party with the disaffected masses who had fled to the now more dominant, less progressive/more conservative Wildrose Party. And a top priority, he said, would be “to end the (provincial) NDP’s massive multi-billion dollar carbon tax on everything.”

Wildrose has criticized this particular carbon tax, too, but party leader Brian Jean has not ruled out replacing it with a different version. “I can’t tell you that the Wildrose wouldn’t bring in a carbon tax in the future,” Jean said after Notley rolled hers out, “but I can tell you this particular carbon tax would be eliminated.” In March, he said he would cancel the tax “until a full economic impact analysis is conducted.”

But Kenney has so far offered no such hedges. In an interview with the Calgary Sun this week, he lambasted the very concept of carbon prices as “a massive tax on everything, the perfect illustration of socialist ideology” and “a massive wealth distribution scheme requiring a massive bureaucracy to administer.”

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Jason Kenney, Alberta PC leadership hopeful, gets Stephen Harper's blessing, the biggest of all boosts

This is the part of the movie where the momentum builds.

You expect the moment. You’ve heard something is coming.

You know, it’s when someone gives you the head’s up. Make sure you’re there. It will be worth it.

Then it arrives.

Jason Kenney, the former Harper cabinet minister, gets the endorsement of his boss.

No one can mistake the message. Harper doesn’t mince words.

The Harper love comes just days after Kenney announces he will seek the Alberta PC leadership and, if he wins, he will work to have one united conservative party with him at the helm, ready to lay waste to the socialists.

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'We must come together': Jason Kenney in bid to lead Alberta PCs

The Globe and Mail covers Jason Kenney's launch on July 6, 2016.

Watch the video here: 'We must come together'

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