RE: PC Alberta Ruling In Edmonton – Ellerslie

The ruling brought down by the PCAA last night is outrageous, disgraceful, and solid proof of the witch hunt being brought upon the Jason Kenney campaign and his supporters by the PC Alberta establishment.

It has been public knowledge for a week now that the Kenney campaign reached out to the party for clarification of the rules regarding where a candidate can be located in proximity to a delegate selection meeting. As it stands, the rules are about as solid as a wet strand of spaghetti. The party did not clarify these rules, and thus the Kenney campaign went ahead with plans to host a hospitality suite in the same building, but not the same room, as the DSM.

Knowing the above, I can at least tolerate the fine, even though I do believe it is unjust. However, the decision to invalidate the results of the DSM is an insult to party members and a complete affront to democracy. Party members, especially those who took their own personal time to attend the meeting and vote in a slate of 15 leadership delegates, are outraged, and rightfully so.

Most concerning, above all else, is the party president, Katherine O’Neill’s, involvement in this whole situation. It has been reported by multiple sources that O’Neill brought these complaints to representatives of other candidates and suggested that they file this with the CRO. Her presence in the complaint as a witness is equally concerning. This is a blatant display of bias, and it is grounds for O’Neill to be removed from her position as PC Alberta president. 

As an Albertan, I’m not overly surprised by this. The PCAA is what it always has been: A party run in back rooms, unaccountable to Albertans and to its own card-carrying members. As a PC Alberta member and as an elected leadership delegate, I am horrified by the party president’s interference in this leadership race.

While I do not work for any campaign, and my opinion in the grand scheme of things will only be represented in a single vote at the leadership convention, I will say this: My resolve to help Jason Kenney win this party’s leadership is only strengthened by this decision. I will be pushing each and every person I know in each riding awaiting its DSM to join the party and run as unity delegates. I owe this to every Albertan who has been hurt by this current NDP government and by the actions of the PC establishment who seeks to keep Albertans divided.

Trevor Norris
PC Alberta Leadership Delegate
Spruce Grove – St. Albert


Five Positives to a Donald Trump Presidency

I can’t stand Donald Trump. He’s taken his economic and foreign affairs policies straight out of the NDP policy book (anti-trade, pro-Russia). He’s spewed ignorant, bigoted rhetoric, and he’s simply not a conservative (he’s a lifelong liberal democrat).

That said, there are a couple of positives:

1) Trump has said that he will approve Keystone XL. This is great news for Alberta.

2) Trump will finally put an end to climate alarmism in America, and hopefully the world will join in.

3) Trump is the most pro-LGBT president-elect in history. Trump has long been a supporter of gay rights, unlike Obama, who opposed gay rights until after he was elected.

4) Maybe, just MAYBE, Trump’s election will finally end identity politics in America. Yes, the “Social Justice Warrior” left is fully responsible for the rise of the alt-right. These are two sides of the same coin.

5) Trump’s victory will allow the GOP to shape the SCOTUS for a generation, ensuring that constitutionalists, not socialists, make the most important decisions in America.

Comments on PCAA Leadership Race

I don’t doubt that Richard Starke and Byron Nelson care deeply for Alberta. I don’t doubt that both of them are good, well-intentioned men. However, their methods of doing what’s best for Alberta are severely flawed. To wish continued division for Alberta is not a path forward. It is not a path to recovery.

Alberta is hurting. Our economy is in a tailspin. Negotiations with the US on pipelines and our oil & gas sector have not gone well. Right now, we have both a Premier and a Prime Minister who refuse to put Albertans first. For them, ideology trumps all. This is making division in our province worse – possibly the worst I’ve ever seen it. We’ve seen what division has done to our neighbors in the south. Yesterday, they elected a man who can be considered nothing short of awful. Anyone who thinks that negotiations will go any better with the US under our current leadership once Trump takes office is severely misled.

Yes, last night’s American election results are a wake-up call, or at least they should be. We cannot continue this division between the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties. Last night should send a message to all Albertans – it’s time to unite. Only under a strong and free, united Alberta, can we turn this ship around.
I encourage all Albertans, but particularly PCAA members and former MLA’s, to support the unity movement. No, I’m not calling for Starke or Nelson to drop out, and I’m not calling for them to endorse Jason Kenney. I encourage them to shift to a unity platform of their own. This is what the members of the PCAA want. Polling has been quite clear on that. If all three of our candidates fight for unity, we can not lose. Our province can not lose.

Let us end this division, and let us Unite Alberta behind one big tent united conservative coalition. If we do this, anything is possible for Alberta, and we will once again be the envy of an entire nation.