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Jason Kenney needed a "kamikaze candidate" to win leadership
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b***@gmail.com
2019-03-24 00:14:03 UTC
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More crooked politics. More of what Albertans have continued to vote for: crooks and incompetents under the *Conservative* banner.

This is just another 'election fixing' scheme that is very, very common to Conservative electoral tactics. Hopefully this one is punishable in the courts.

Oh, and remind the rest of Canadians . . . how much was it that the Conservatives poured into the 'Heritage Fund' from oil royalties during the last two oil booms?
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CALGARY - Published March 22, 2019

The ‘kamikaze candidate’ continues to haunt Jason Kenney

Two and a half months before the 2017 leadership vote for the newly merged United Conservative Party, three conservative activists met at a Tim Hortons on an August afternoon in the bedroom community of Okotoks, south of Calgary, to talk about the prospective candidacy of Jeff Callaway. One of them, a local constituency board member named Mark Hudson, was carrying an audio recorder.

He was joined by Wendy Adam and her husband Udo, who both have long histories within Alberta’s conservative politics. In a six-minute segment of audio that Mr. Hudson posted online, Ms. Adam explains that Mr. Callaway was preparing to enter the UCP leadership race, which already had two apparent front-runners in former Wildrose leader Brian Jean and the eventual winner, Jason Kenney.

“Jeff is going to run a serious campaign, but the reason that we’re running Jeff as a serious campaign is because Jeff will be able to say things about Brian Jean that Jason Kenney cannot,” said Ms. Adam, who confirmed it is her voice on the recording but otherwise declined to comment.

“It’s a kamikaze mission,” Mr. Hudson replied.

That meeting set off a series of events that boiled over this past week just as the campaign for the April 16 election was beginning, putting Mr. Kenney on the defensive at a critical moment and providing NDP Leader Rachel Notley with a fresh line of attack.

Ms. Notley and her party have branded Mr. Kenney as a liar and said the whole affair reeks of cynical backroom politics that belong on House of Cards.

The audio recording sat on an obscure, anonymous YouTube account for the better part of a year before it started making the rounds on social media and left-wing news sites in December.

In the three months since, the Callaway campaign has faced an investigation by the province’s election commissioner, several donors have received thousands of dollars in fines and Mr. Kenney has been forced to fend off accusations that he and the Callaway campaign worked together on a stalking-horse candidacy that was never intended to make it to the final vote.

The RCMP is also looking into Mr. Callaway’s donors.

In the audio, Ms. Adam said “we’ll pull the plug" on the Callaway campaign on Sept. 15 or Sept. 20. Mr. Callaway spent two months largely focusing his efforts on attacking Mr. Jean before dropping out on Oct. 4 and endorsing Mr. Kenney.

Mr. Kenney and Mr. Callaway have denied there was a plan to run a fake leadership campaign. Mr. Kenney acknowledged the two teams kept in touch and shared information – a relationship that was documented in a cache of e-mails that were leaked last weekend – but he said there was nothing unusual about that in a leadership race.

Mr. Callaway, an investment adviser with Canaccord Genuity and former president of the Wildrose Party, has not responded to requests for an interview.

And now Mr. Kenney is facing the prospect of a four-week election campaign in which the “kamikaze candidate” will be a frequent topic of conversation.

In the early days of the campaign, Mr. Kenney appeared visibly annoyed when asked about Mr. Callaway, telling reporters he had already answered their questions. At an event held hours after the election was called, Mr. Kenney shook his head when he was asked whether it could affect the election. He responded with a simple “No" before changing topics.

The New Democrats have attempted to keep the story alive, issuing news releases and ensuring Ms. Notley brings it up in campaign speeches.

Duane Bratt, who teaches political science at Mount Royal University, said the “kamikaze candidate" story represents the first real threat to Mr. Kenney, who has been consistently ahead in polls.

Dr. Bratt said Mr. Kenney has clearly settled on a message that co-ordination between campaigns is politics as usual and voters don’t care. <<==== !

But he said that will work only if there are no more revelations about the case.

“If nothing else comes out between now and April 16, he’s probably right,” said Dr. Bratt. “But if more things start to drip out, then that’s when things change.”

Dr. Bratt said it opens up narrow but still difficult path to victory for Ms. Notley, who had already mounted a longstanding attack on Mr. Kenney’s character that plays into the controversy around the Callaway campaign.

“It ties into a pre-existing narrative that [Ms. Notley] has been building, that you can’t trust Jason Kenney,” he said.

The story escalated last weekend when dozens of internal UCP e-mails and other documents were leaked to reporters showing how the Callaway and Kenney campaigns worked together.

Mr. Callaway’s former campaign co-manager, Cameron Davies, is now co-operating with the election commissioner and recently sat down with investigators to describe how the two camps worked together, his lawyer confirmed.

A document prepared by Mr. Davies and leaked to reporters alleged Mr. Kenney’s team first approached Derek Fildebrandt, who now leads the Freedom Conservative Party, in July, 2017, about running a “dark-horse" campaign, but decided against working with him. Mr. Fildebrandt confirmed he was approached by Mr. Kenney but said it was him who rejected the idea.

Mr. Davies alleged Mr. Kenney and several members of his campaign then met with Mr. Callaway a week later to make a similar pitch.

“It was decided our teams would work together to ensure proper narratives and messaging coincided at various stages of the campaigns,” Mr. Davies wrote in the document.

Over the next two months, the leaked e-mails show, Mr. Davies was in regular contact with Mr. Kenney’s current deputy chief of staff Matt Wolf, who passed along speaking notes, message plans, graphics and videos. Mr. Davies sent an e-mail to Mr. Wolf in August with a rough timeline that said Mr. Callaway would pull out in mid-September, adding: “depending on when the debates are, you may have other ideas?”

Mr. Davies said the two camps later met at Mr. Callaway’s home shortly after he ended his campaign for a “thank you" gathering.

Mr. Kenney confirmed he was at both events with Mr. Callaway. He said he met with Mr. Callaway in July to seek his endorsement, and when Mr. Callaway raised the idea of running himself, he told him it was a bad idea.

He said he was at the second event to thank Mr. Callaway for the endorsement, even bringing a bottle of Dark Horse rye (he keeps a few bottles in his pickup truck to hand out as gifts). <<=== ?!

The UCP has referred to various statements from Mr. Kenney and party officials insisting there was nothing improper about the two campaigns communicating.

The investigation into Mr. Callaway’s donations is also continuing through the provincial election campaign. There’s no evidence suggesting that Mr. Kenney had anything to do with financing Mr. Callaway’s leadership bid.

The province’s election commissioner received an anonymous letter late last year questioning the source of some of Mr. Callaway’s donations. Investigators have been going through the list of donors, demanding they provide proof of where the money came from, and the RCMP is also looking into it. Several donors have told The Globe and Mail they provided evidence to the election commissioner they donated their own money and weren’t contacted again.

But four people have either been fined or sanctioned by the commissioner for donating “funds given or furnished by another person.”

Karen Brown was fined $3,500 in February. Last week, Darcy McAllister was fined $8,000 for donations made by him and his wife, who also received a letter of reprimand. Another donor, David Ruiz, received a letter of reprimand.


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The Doctor
2019-03-24 00:20:22 UTC
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More crooked politics. More of what Albertans have continued to vote
for: crooks and incompetents under the *Conservative* banner.
This is just another 'election fixing' scheme that is very, very common
to Conservative electoral tactics. Hopefully this one is punishable in
the courts.
Oh, and remind the rest of Canadians . . . how much was it that the
Conservatives poured into the 'Heritage Fund' from oil royalties during
the last two oil booms?
____________________________________
CALGARY - Published March 22, 2019
The ‘kamikaze candidate’ continues to haunt Jason Kenney
Two and a half months before the 2017 leadership vote for the newly
merged United Conservative Party, three conservative activists met at a
Tim Hortons on an August afternoon in the bedroom community of Okotoks,
south of Calgary, to talk about the prospective candidacy of Jeff
Callaway. One of them, a local constituency board member named Mark
Hudson, was carrying an audio recorder.
He was joined by Wendy Adam and her husband Udo, who both have long
histories within Alberta’s conservative politics. In a six-minute
segment of audio that Mr. Hudson posted online, Ms. Adam explains that
Mr. Callaway was preparing to enter the UCP leadership race, which
already had two apparent front-runners in former Wildrose leader Brian
Jean and the eventual winner, Jason Kenney.
“Jeff is going to run a serious campaign, but the reason that we’re
running Jeff as a serious campaign is because Jeff will be able to say
things about Brian Jean that Jason Kenney cannot,” said Ms. Adam, who
confirmed it is her voice on the recording but otherwise declined to
comment.
“It’s a kamikaze mission,” Mr. Hudson replied.
That meeting set off a series of events that boiled over this past week
just as the campaign for the April 16 election was beginning, putting
Mr. Kenney on the defensive at a critical moment and providing NDP
Leader Rachel Notley with a fresh line of attack.
Ms. Notley and her party have branded Mr. Kenney as a liar and said the
whole affair reeks of cynical backroom politics that belong on House of
Cards.
The audio recording sat on an obscure, anonymous YouTube account for the
better part of a year before it started making the rounds on social
media and left-wing news sites in December.
In the three months since, the Callaway campaign has faced an
investigation by the province’s election commissioner, several donors
have received thousands of dollars in fines and Mr. Kenney has been
forced to fend off accusations that he and the Callaway campaign worked
together on a stalking-horse candidacy that was never intended to make
it to the final vote.
The RCMP is also looking into Mr. Callaway’s donors.
In the audio, Ms. Adam said “we’ll pull the plug" on the Callaway
campaign on Sept. 15 or Sept. 20. Mr. Callaway spent two months largely
focusing his efforts on attacking Mr. Jean before dropping out on Oct. 4
and endorsing Mr. Kenney.
Mr. Kenney and Mr. Callaway have denied there was a plan to run a fake
leadership campaign. Mr. Kenney acknowledged the two teams kept in touch
and shared information – a relationship that was documented in a cache
of e-mails that were leaked last weekend – but he said there was
nothing unusual about that in a leadership race.
Mr. Callaway, an investment adviser with Canaccord Genuity and former
president of the Wildrose Party, has not responded to requests for an
interview.
And now Mr. Kenney is facing the prospect of a four-week election
campaign in which the “kamikaze candidate” will be a frequent topic
of conversation.
In the early days of the campaign, Mr. Kenney appeared visibly annoyed
when asked about Mr. Callaway, telling reporters he had already answered
their questions. At an event held hours after the election was called,
Mr. Kenney shook his head when he was asked whether it could affect the
election. He responded with a simple “No" before changing topics.
The New Democrats have attempted to keep the story alive, issuing news
releases and ensuring Ms. Notley brings it up in campaign speeches.
Duane Bratt, who teaches political science at Mount Royal University,
said the “kamikaze candidate" story represents the first real threat
to Mr. Kenney, who has been consistently ahead in polls.
Dr. Bratt said Mr. Kenney has clearly settled on a message that
co-ordination between campaigns is politics as usual and voters don’t
care. <<==== !
But he said that will work only if there are no more revelations about the case.
“If nothing else comes out between now and April 16, he’s probably
right,” said Dr. Bratt. “But if more things start to drip out, then
that’s when things change.”
Dr. Bratt said it opens up narrow but still difficult path to victory
for Ms. Notley, who had already mounted a longstanding attack on Mr.
Kenney’s character that plays into the controversy around the Callaway
campaign.
“It ties into a pre-existing narrative that [Ms. Notley] has been
building, that you can’t trust Jason Kenney,” he said.
The story escalated last weekend when dozens of internal UCP e-mails and
other documents were leaked to reporters showing how the Callaway and
Kenney campaigns worked together.
Mr. Callaway’s former campaign co-manager, Cameron Davies, is now
co-operating with the election commissioner and recently sat down with
investigators to describe how the two camps worked together, his lawyer
confirmed.
A document prepared by Mr. Davies and leaked to reporters alleged Mr.
Kenney’s team first approached Derek Fildebrandt, who now leads the
Freedom Conservative Party, in July, 2017, about running a
“dark-horse" campaign, but decided against working with him. Mr.
Fildebrandt confirmed he was approached by Mr. Kenney but said it was
him who rejected the idea.
Mr. Davies alleged Mr. Kenney and several members of his campaign then
met with Mr. Callaway a week later to make a similar pitch.
“It was decided our teams would work together to ensure proper
narratives and messaging coincided at various stages of the
campaigns,” Mr. Davies wrote in the document.
Over the next two months, the leaked e-mails show, Mr. Davies was in
regular contact with Mr. Kenney’s current deputy chief of staff Matt
Wolf, who passed along speaking notes, message plans, graphics and
videos. Mr. Davies sent an e-mail to Mr. Wolf in August with a rough
“depending on when the debates are, you may have other ideas?”
Mr. Davies said the two camps later met at Mr. Callaway’s home shortly
after he ended his campaign for a “thank you" gathering.
Mr. Kenney confirmed he was at both events with Mr. Callaway. He said
he met with Mr. Callaway in July to seek his endorsement, and when Mr.
Callaway raised the idea of running himself, he told him it was a bad
idea.
He said he was at the second event to thank Mr. Callaway for the
endorsement, even bringing a bottle of Dark Horse rye (he keeps a few
bottles in his pickup truck to hand out as gifts). <<=== ?!
The UCP has referred to various statements from Mr. Kenney and party
officials insisting there was nothing improper about the two campaigns
communicating.
The investigation into Mr. Callaway’s donations is also continuing
through the provincial election campaign. There’s no evidence
suggesting that Mr. Kenney had anything to do with financing Mr.
Callaway’s leadership bid.
The province’s election commissioner received an anonymous letter late
last year questioning the source of some of Mr. Callaway’s donations.
Investigators have been going through the list of donors, demanding they
provide proof of where the money came from, and the RCMP is also looking
into it. Several donors have told The Globe and Mail they provided
evidence to the election commissioner they donated their own money and
weren’t contacted again.
But four people have either been fined or sanctioned by the commissioner
for donating “funds given or furnished by another person.”
Karen Brown was fined $3,500 in February. Last week, Darcy McAllister
was fined $8,000 for donations made by him and his wife, who also
received a letter of reprimand. Another donor, David Ruiz, received a
letter of reprimand.
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b***@gmail.com
2019-03-24 00:22:47 UTC
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Post by The Doctor
NO UCP! NO NDP!!
Take a pill.
TomP
2019-03-24 05:13:20 UTC
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Post by The Doctor
NO UCP! NO NDP!!
Take a pill.
If he's doing that now, wait until he gets elected.
If he wins the premiers seat, it will be back to the glory days of King
Ralph and the personal piggy bank of Redford. And he will blame the fact
that the Heritage Fund is gone and the drop in the price of oil on
Notley. She will be blamed for everything including the province's
deficits that Notley inherited!
That's the Conservative mantra.
Dhu on Gate
2019-03-24 14:16:51 UTC
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Post by TomP
Post by b***@gmail.com
Post by The Doctor
NO UCP! NO NDP!!
Take a pill.
If he's doing that now, wait until he gets elected.
If he wins the premiers seat, it will be back to the glory days of King
Ralph and the personal piggy bank of Redford. And he will blame the fact
that the Heritage Fund is gone and the drop in the price of oil on
Norway has 3++ trillion in theirs. They never have and never will pump
as much oil as Albertastan.
Post by TomP
Notley. She will be blamed for everything including the province's
When Notley got in the cupboard was bare: all we had was good credit.
Post by TomP
deficits that Notley inherited!
That's the Conservative mantra.
That's about bang on and it's why they're done. Might get another
term out of it, but King Coal ain't coming back either and this lot
are gonna start lookin' like Terry May's BREXIT Cons 'cause the
buggy they're hitched to has no wheels.

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C'est une esp`ece de sauvage: ne obliviscaris, vix ea nostra voco;-)

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M I Wakefield
2019-03-24 15:19:11 UTC
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... and this lot are gonna start lookin' like Terry May's BREXIT Cons
'cause the buggy they're hitched to has no wheels.
Did you see the Brexit haiku sign from yesterday's protests:

Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck
Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck
Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck

It probably won't get a lot of mainstream media coverage.
Greg Carr
2019-03-24 03:04:21 UTC
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Post by b***@gmail.com
More crooked politics. More of what Albertans have continued to vote for: crooks and incompetents under the *Conservative* banner.
This is just another 'election fixing' scheme that is very, very common to Conservative electoral tactics. Hopefully this one is punishable in the courts.
Oh, and remind the rest of Canadians . . . how much was it that the Conservatives poured into the 'Heritage Fund' from oil royalties during the last two oil booms?
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CALGARY - Published March 22, 2019
The ‘kamikaze candidate’ continues to haunt Jason Kenney
Two and a half months before the 2017 leadership vote for the newly merged United Conservative Party, three conservative activists met at a Tim Hortons on an August afternoon in the bedroom community of Okotoks, south of Calgary, to talk about the prospective candidacy of Jeff Callaway. One of them, a local constituency board member named Mark Hudson, was carrying an audio recorder.
He was joined by Wendy Adam and her husband Udo, who both have long histories within Alberta’s conservative politics. In a six-minute segment of audio that Mr. Hudson posted online, Ms. Adam explains that Mr. Callaway was preparing to enter the UCP leadership race, which already had two apparent front-runners in former Wildrose leader Brian Jean and the eventual winner, Jason Kenney.
“Jeff is going to run a serious campaign, but the reason that we’re running Jeff as a serious campaign is because Jeff will be able to say things about Brian Jean that Jason Kenney cannot,” said Ms. Adam, who confirmed it is her voice on the recording but otherwise declined to comment.
“It’s a kamikaze mission,” Mr. Hudson replied.
That meeting set off a series of events that boiled over this past week just as the campaign for the April 16 election was beginning, putting Mr. Kenney on the defensive at a critical moment and providing NDP Leader Rachel Notley with a fresh line of attack.
Ms. Notley and her party have branded Mr. Kenney as a liar and said the whole affair reeks of cynical backroom politics that belong on House of Cards.
The audio recording sat on an obscure, anonymous YouTube account for the better part of a year before it started making the rounds on social media and left-wing news sites in December.
In the three months since, the Callaway campaign has faced an investigation by the province’s election commissioner, several donors have received thousands of dollars in fines and Mr. Kenney has been forced to fend off accusations that he and the Callaway campaign worked together on a stalking-horse candidacy that was never intended to make it to the final vote.
The RCMP is also looking into Mr. Callaway’s donors.
In the audio, Ms. Adam said “we’ll pull the plug" on the Callaway campaign on Sept. 15 or Sept. 20. Mr. Callaway spent two months largely focusing his efforts on attacking Mr. Jean before dropping out on Oct. 4 and endorsing Mr. Kenney.
Mr. Kenney and Mr. Callaway have denied there was a plan to run a fake leadership campaign. Mr. Kenney acknowledged the two teams kept in touch and shared information – a relationship that was documented in a cache of e-mails that were leaked last weekend – but he said there was nothing unusual about that in a leadership race.
Mr. Callaway, an investment adviser with Canaccord Genuity and former president of the Wildrose Party, has not responded to requests for an interview.
And now Mr. Kenney is facing the prospect of a four-week election campaign in which the “kamikaze candidate” will be a frequent topic of conversation.
In the early days of the campaign, Mr. Kenney appeared visibly annoyed when asked about Mr. Callaway, telling reporters he had already answered their questions. At an event held hours after the election was called, Mr. Kenney shook his head when he was asked whether it could affect the election. He responded with a simple “No" before changing topics.
The New Democrats have attempted to keep the story alive, issuing news releases and ensuring Ms. Notley brings it up in campaign speeches.
Duane Bratt, who teaches political science at Mount Royal University, said the “kamikaze candidate" story represents the first real threat to Mr. Kenney, who has been consistently ahead in polls.
Dr. Bratt said Mr. Kenney has clearly settled on a message that co-ordination between campaigns is politics as usual and voters don’t care. <<==== !
But he said that will work only if there are no more revelations about the case.
“If nothing else comes out between now and April 16, he’s probably right,” said Dr. Bratt. “But if more things start to drip out, then that’s when things change.”
Dr. Bratt said it opens up narrow but still difficult path to victory for Ms. Notley, who had already mounted a longstanding attack on Mr. Kenney’s character that plays into the controversy around the Callaway campaign.
“It ties into a pre-existing narrative that [Ms. Notley] has been building, that you can’t trust Jason Kenney,” he said.
The story escalated last weekend when dozens of internal UCP e-mails and other documents were leaked to reporters showing how the Callaway and Kenney campaigns worked together.
Mr. Callaway’s former campaign co-manager, Cameron Davies, is now co-operating with the election commissioner and recently sat down with investigators to describe how the two camps worked together, his lawyer confirmed.
A document prepared by Mr. Davies and leaked to reporters alleged Mr. Kenney’s team first approached Derek Fildebrandt, who now leads the Freedom Conservative Party, in July, 2017, about running a “dark-horse" campaign, but decided against working with him. Mr. Fildebrandt confirmed he was approached by Mr. Kenney but said it was him who rejected the idea.
Mr. Davies alleged Mr. Kenney and several members of his campaign then met with Mr. Callaway a week later to make a similar pitch.
“It was decided our teams would work together to ensure proper narratives and messaging coincided at various stages of the campaigns,” Mr. Davies wrote in the document.
Over the next two months, the leaked e-mails show, Mr. Davies was in regular contact with Mr. Kenney’s current deputy chief of staff Matt Wolf, who passed along speaking notes, message plans, graphics and videos. Mr. Davies sent an e-mail to Mr. Wolf in August with a rough timeline that said Mr. Callaway would pull out in mid-September, adding: “depending on when the debates are, you may have other ideas?”
Mr. Davies said the two camps later met at Mr. Callaway’s home shortly after he ended his campaign for a “thank you" gathering.
Mr. Kenney confirmed he was at both events with Mr. Callaway. He said he met with Mr. Callaway in July to seek his endorsement, and when Mr. Callaway raised the idea of running himself, he told him it was a bad idea.
He said he was at the second event to thank Mr. Callaway for the endorsement, even bringing a bottle of Dark Horse rye (he keeps a few bottles in his pickup truck to hand out as gifts). <<=== ?!
The UCP has referred to various statements from Mr. Kenney and party officials insisting there was nothing improper about the two campaigns communicating.
The investigation into Mr. Callaway’s donations is also continuing through the provincial election campaign. There’s no evidence suggesting that Mr. Kenney had anything to do with financing Mr. Callaway’s leadership bid.
The province’s election commissioner received an anonymous letter late last year questioning the source of some of Mr. Callaway’s donations. Investigators have been going through the list of donors, demanding they provide proof of where the money came from, and the RCMP is also looking into it. Several donors have told The Globe and Mail they provided evidence to the election commissioner they donated their own money and weren’t contacted again.
But four people have either been fined or sanctioned by the commissioner for donating “funds given or furnished by another person.”
Karen Brown was fined $3,500 in February. Last week, Darcy McAllister was fined $8,000 for donations made by him and his wife, who also received a letter of reprimand. Another donor, David Ruiz, received a letter of reprimand.
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Good post KKK ,you anti-Semitic, racist against Asians and Aboriginals.
gordo
2019-03-24 17:08:29 UTC
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Post by b***@gmail.com
More crooked politics. More of what Albertans have continued to vote for: crooks and incompetents under the *Conservative* banner.
This is just another 'election fixing' scheme that is very, very common to Conservative electoral tactics. Hopefully this one is punishable in the courts.
Oh, and remind the rest of Canadians . . . how much was it that the Conservatives poured into the 'Heritage Fund' from oil royalties during the last two oil booms?
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Crooked Kamikazi Kenney....
Backroom used car dealer
He is a liar
He has strong support from neo nazis,white supremacist and
_yellow vested biker thugs..and oh yes the religious right wing
fundamentalists.
He is funded by foreign billionaires like the Koch brothers.
Post by b***@gmail.com
CALGARY - Published March 22, 2019
The ‘kamikaze candidate’ continues to haunt Jason Kenney
Two and a half months before the 2017 leadership vote for the newly merged United Conservative Party, three conservative activists met at a Tim Hortons on an August afternoon in the bedroom community of Okotoks, south of Calgary, to talk about the prospective candidacy of Jeff Callaway. One of them, a local constituency board member named Mark Hudson, was carrying an audio recorder.
He was joined by Wendy Adam and her husband Udo, who both have long histories within Alberta’s conservative politics. In a six-minute segment of audio that Mr. Hudson posted online, Ms. Adam explains that Mr. Callaway was preparing to enter the UCP leadership race, which already had two apparent front-runners in former Wildrose leader Brian Jean and the eventual winner, Jason Kenney.
“Jeff is going to run a serious campaign, but the reason that we’re running Jeff as a serious campaign is because Jeff will be able to say things about Brian Jean that Jason Kenney cannot,” said Ms. Adam, who confirmed it is her voice on the recording but otherwise declined to comment.
“It’s a kamikaze mission,” Mr. Hudson replied.
That meeting set off a series of events that boiled over this past week just as the campaign for the April 16 election was beginning, putting Mr. Kenney on the defensive at a critical moment and providing NDP Leader Rachel Notley with a fresh line of attack.
Ms. Notley and her party have branded Mr. Kenney as a liar and said the whole affair reeks of cynical backroom politics that belong on House of Cards.
The audio recording sat on an obscure, anonymous YouTube account for the better part of a year before it started making the rounds on social media and left-wing news sites in December.
In the three months since, the Callaway campaign has faced an investigation by the province’s election commissioner, several donors have received thousands of dollars in fines and Mr. Kenney has been forced to fend off accusations that he and the Callaway campaign worked together on a stalking-horse candidacy that was never intended to make it to the final vote.
The RCMP is also looking into Mr. Callaway’s donors.
In the audio, Ms. Adam said “we’ll pull the plug" on the Callaway campaign on Sept. 15 or Sept. 20. Mr. Callaway spent two months largely focusing his efforts on attacking Mr. Jean before dropping out on Oct. 4 and endorsing Mr. Kenney.
Mr. Kenney and Mr. Callaway have denied there was a plan to run a fake leadership campaign. Mr. Kenney acknowledged the two teams kept in touch and shared information – a relationship that was documented in a cache of e-mails that were leaked last weekend – but he said there was nothing unusual about that in a leadership race.
Mr. Callaway, an investment adviser with Canaccord Genuity and former president of the Wildrose Party, has not responded to requests for an interview.
And now Mr. Kenney is facing the prospect of a four-week election campaign in which the “kamikaze candidate” will be a frequent topic of conversation.
In the early days of the campaign, Mr. Kenney appeared visibly annoyed when asked about Mr. Callaway, telling reporters he had already answered their questions. At an event held hours after the election was called, Mr. Kenney shook his head when he was asked whether it could affect the election. He responded with a simple “No" before changing topics.
The New Democrats have attempted to keep the story alive, issuing news releases and ensuring Ms. Notley brings it up in campaign speeches.
Duane Bratt, who teaches political science at Mount Royal University, said the “kamikaze candidate" story represents the first real threat to Mr. Kenney, who has been consistently ahead in polls.
Dr. Bratt said Mr. Kenney has clearly settled on a message that co-ordination between campaigns is politics as usual and voters don’t care. <<==== !
But he said that will work only if there are no more revelations about the case.
“If nothing else comes out between now and April 16, he’s probably right,” said Dr. Bratt. “But if more things start to drip out, then that’s when things change.”
Dr. Bratt said it opens up narrow but still difficult path to victory for Ms. Notley, who had already mounted a longstanding attack on Mr. Kenney’s character that plays into the controversy around the Callaway campaign.
“It ties into a pre-existing narrative that [Ms. Notley] has been building, that you can’t trust Jason Kenney,” he said.
The story escalated last weekend when dozens of internal UCP e-mails and other documents were leaked to reporters showing how the Callaway and Kenney campaigns worked together.
Mr. Callaway’s former campaign co-manager, Cameron Davies, is now co-operating with the election commissioner and recently sat down with investigators to describe how the two camps worked together, his lawyer confirmed.
A document prepared by Mr. Davies and leaked to reporters alleged Mr. Kenney’s team first approached Derek Fildebrandt, who now leads the Freedom Conservative Party, in July, 2017, about running a “dark-horse" campaign, but decided against working with him. Mr. Fildebrandt confirmed he was approached by Mr. Kenney but said it was him who rejected the idea.
Mr. Davies alleged Mr. Kenney and several members of his campaign then met with Mr. Callaway a week later to make a similar pitch.
“It was decided our teams would work together to ensure proper narratives and messaging coincided at various stages of the campaigns,” Mr. Davies wrote in the document.
Over the next two months, the leaked e-mails show, Mr. Davies was in regular contact with Mr. Kenney’s current deputy chief of staff Matt Wolf, who passed along speaking notes, message plans, graphics and videos. Mr. Davies sent an e-mail to Mr. Wolf in August with a rough timeline that said Mr. Callaway would pull out in mid-September, adding: “depending on when the debates are, you may have other ideas?”
Mr. Davies said the two camps later met at Mr. Callaway’s home shortly after he ended his campaign for a “thank you" gathering.
Mr. Kenney confirmed he was at both events with Mr. Callaway. He said he met with Mr. Callaway in July to seek his endorsement, and when Mr. Callaway raised the idea of running himself, he told him it was a bad idea.
He said he was at the second event to thank Mr. Callaway for the endorsement, even bringing a bottle of Dark Horse rye (he keeps a few bottles in his pickup truck to hand out as gifts). <<=== ?!
The UCP has referred to various statements from Mr. Kenney and party officials insisting there was nothing improper about the two campaigns communicating.
The investigation into Mr. Callaway’s donations is also continuing through the provincial election campaign. There’s no evidence suggesting that Mr. Kenney had anything to do with financing Mr. Callaway’s leadership bid.
The province’s election commissioner received an anonymous letter late last year questioning the source of some of Mr. Callaway’s donations. Investigators have been going through the list of donors, demanding they provide proof of where the money came from, and the RCMP is also looking into it. Several donors have told The Globe and Mail they provided evidence to the election commissioner they donated their own money and weren’t contacted again.
But four people have either been fined or sanctioned by the commissioner for donating “funds given or furnished by another person.”
Karen Brown was fined $3,500 in February. Last week, Darcy McAllister was fined $8,000 for donations made by him and his wife, who also received a letter of reprimand. Another donor, David Ruiz, received a letter of reprimand.
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