EDITORIAL – Jason Kenney’s election cements the politics of division

Jason Kenney gives victory speech. (Image: Screenshot, CTV)

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

AS EXPECTED, Albertans elected a new government Tuesday, sending the NDP and Rachel Notley packing after just one term.

In their place come Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party.

Kenney has made it clear he’s even less a friend to B.C. than Notley was.

He’s vowed to “turn off the taps” on Alberta oil to B.C. in revenge for John Horgan’s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline, driving up prices at the pump in this province.

Just how Kenney thinks punishing B.C. will hasten the Trans Mountain expansion is no more clear than his plan for Alberta’s economy.

There certainly weren’t any clues in his victory speech, in which he declared war on Justin Trudeau, environmentalists and “foreign funded special interests.”


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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5 Comments on EDITORIAL – Jason Kenney’s election cements the politics of division

  1. I am on Kenny’s side. How many BCers have worked in the oil patch and have been laid off. I know of a few here in Kamloops and I am sure there are many more. LNG is OK even with the carbon tax emissions that are directly on BC but a pipeline is not. We pay a fortune in carbon tax and get nothing but higher cost of living and municipal taxes. When LNG is flowing you can guarantee that your heating costs will skyrocket and add more to the cost of living. Gas at $2 and diesel at $2 will surly make all the NDP/Greens happy not to mention the effect on the cost of living.

  2. David Johnson // April 17, 2019 at 5:46 PM // Reply

    So lets just close the border to truck and train product movement from BC to Alberta, and when they realise that pickup trucks, cowboy hats, belt buckles and well … pretty much everything they consume comes from somewhere else … maybe they will realise that being a landlocked province means they have to play nice.
    Then ask for ID when snowboarders, golfers and vacation property holders try to drive here to enjoy BC, and they may learn that we are a commonwealth where sharing the sandbox goes a long way back at home.
    It may be Kinney may have manipulated voters to jump on the ‘me first’ bandwagon of conservative in-house selfishness, but it’s the 53% or so that put him there that need the wakeup call.
    I’ll be the first one to agree that Horgan and the greens need to get out of the way of that pipe, but Kenney is calling to hold BC hostage for a deal that in the end, is up to the feds and the courts.

  3. Well, I for one am done with prairie beef and going West coast vegan. I might even get me one of those new fangled electrical bicycles. Maybe even get me one of them two-seaters. (That way, I could get on the Uber thing.).The trouble with vengeance and hostility is it only breeds more. That way everything is tied up in the courts. Think on it Edmonton lawyer types. Whoops, everything Alberta wants to ship to China has to go out through Vancouver. Seems we hold the hammer in this match.

  4. Diane Daniels // April 17, 2019 at 3:06 PM // Reply

    How dare he say that other Canadians are not entitled to one of the countries resources. So should the rest of Canada stop all deliveries to Alberta for things that are provided by other provinces? Are Albertans prepared to start paying for their own healthcare? Kenney will be screwing that up for you, it is crazy that people do not see how bad it is to vote for the Cons,

  5. Major Canadian news sources were all for Jason, despite his lack of anything but anger…and anger is everywhere to be found these days not just in Alberta. And the potential for even more nonsense is never been as great in our country…comes October we will potentially be in for some interesting years ahead.

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