All About Personality
Posted on March 22, 2019
For most of Alberta, Friday comes with a sigh of relief; the end of the work week, a chance to relax. That is unless you are running to be the next Premier of Alberta.
While the rest of the province is relaxing, the candidates will remain on the campaign trail, working tirelessly to define and frame their narrative.
Calgary is already shaping up to be the major battleground of the 2019 election. Pre-election polling showed that Calgary was looking like a conservative stronghold. However, nothing is set in stone and the other parties are already targeting Alberta’s largest city to try a get a piece of the pie.
Jason Kenney spent a great deal of time yesterday discussing the failed “alliance” between Premier Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It’s no secret that Albertans are not big fans of the Trudeau family and continuing to tout connections between the Premier and the current administration in Ottawa may prove an effective tactic.
The attacks on Jason Kenney’s personality have and will continue for the duration of the campaign. It seems like every party has clips from Mr. Kenney’s past.
While painting your opponents in a bad light is an important part of any campaign, Albertans may grow weary of the constant barrage of negativity. However, experience shows negative works.
A party platform is not built on attacking opponents, and the parties will need to strike a balance between discrediting each other and demonstrating what they will do for Albertans in elected.
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Notley-Trudeau ‘sabotage’ of Alberta economy to be answered with constitutional challenge: Kenney, Bill Kaufmann with the Edmonton Journal
- Jason Kenney bashes a “Notley-Trudeau” alliance, suggesting that together, they are sabotaging the Albert economy. Kenney also asserts that he would seek to hold a provincial referendum on reforming equalization payments.
Braid: Attacks on Kenney’s social record coming from left and right, by Don Braid with the Calgary Herald
- Jason Kenney is being bombarded by personal criticism from all his opposition, as Freedom Conservative Party leader Derek Fildebrant sounded off on Kenney, calling him cruel. Following several NDP attacks, and this latest one from Fildebrandt, Kenney responded by contextualizing the part of his past that has seen scrutiny.
Varcoe: NDP doubling down on energy subsidies a risky investment bet, by Chris Varcoe with the Calgary Herald
- Chris Varcoe discusses how Rachel Notley’s promise to boost the energy incentives to $7 billion over the next decade offers no guarantee that it will actually lead to additional investment. He states his concern that the incentives might benefit projects that would have gone ahead regardless of the incentives.
Rachel Notley’s NDP starts Alberta campaign with big hill to climb, by Éric Grenier with CBC News
- According to the CBC’s Alberta Poll Tracker, the NDP’s have a strong foothold in Edmonton, but have major ground to cover if they want to catch up to UCP in most other areas of Alberta. The silver lining for the NDP’s is that the same poll found that on an individual level, respondents believe Notley would make a better premier than Kenney.
Does the kamikaze campaign controversy concern Calgary voters? We asked some of them, by Andrew Jeffrey with the Toronto Star
- In the wake of the Jeff Callaway scandal reveal, the Toronto Star interviewed Albertans to gather their opinions on Jason Kenney and if the news would have a significant impact on voters. Excerpts and quotes from these interviews paint a picture of the type of influence this controversy may have on voting outcomes on April 16.
Opinion: PC dynasty lives on in 2019 election choices, by Danielle Smith with the Calgary Herald
- Danielle Smith considers past premiers Peter Lougheed and Ralph Klein, comparing them to the current frontrunners Rachel Notley and Jason Kenney. She posits that these two icons of Albertan politics live on through the current NDP and UCP leader’s, respectively, and that each have employed tactics of their predecessors.