OTTAWA – As former Alberta Prime Minister Ralph Klein says, the secret to being a successful politician is figuring out which way the march goes and jumping ahead of it.
While trying to stop the two marching bands of the current Prime Minister Jason Kenny’s public team, let’s avoid a little pity that they are in a bad confrontation over dealing with the epidemic.
In short, Kenny fails dramatically in every direction he turns – and The result has been rapid epidemics everywhere in North America Along with Canada’s loud public uprising Against delayed controls to control explosion.
It is a uniquely cunning business that Alberta cannot manage even in good times, and voters are happy with the low level of government in their lives.
As one rural MLA noted many years ago, “Everybody thinks that drawing a yellow bar in the middle of the highway is government intervention.”
But by mixing an oil industry meltdown with institutional-murder locks and breaking near hospitals, you create the perfect storm of angry resistance.
The closure of businesses, schools and rodeos has caused outrage and opposition in rural areas, where COVID-19 has not spread rapidly.
But by urging the United Conservative Party to slow down controls of the rural base, the Kenyan government has angered cities where third-wave infection rates are increasingly taking intensive care units to the swamp.
Kenny’s challenge is compounded by the internal revolt of his own MLAs, some of whom are still free to infiltrate the Wild Rose Party to form the United Progressive Conservatives, who have taken a more public stance against excessive restrictions.
During a lengthy press conference on Wednesday, the weary Kenny portrayed domestic opposition as a welcome exercise in the democratic debate.
Sorry, but attacking public health measures designed to save lives is not up for debate, and Kenny should actually send a stupid signal that this will not be tolerated with a riot eviction or both.
The thing is, in the last few weeks, Premier Kenny has simultaneously angered the entire province, splitting his own party and creating the worst health care crisis on the continent. This is a highly questionable achievement.
Kenny plans that the three-week enhanced restraint will only get worse when it ends at the exact moment, and that the hospital system will hook up if the number of cases continues to rise. In other words, the lock will be extended.
Not surprisingly, all of this surprised his party and personal celebrity at the polls.
THQ pollster Mark Henry’s latest observation is that Kenny’s approval ratings are in a free fall to levels rarely seen in real-blue Alberta, once again amid clear signs of an NDP government.
“If the current decline in support for Kenny and his government continues in the summer and fall, his position as leader of one party toward an election in 2023 will not be acceptable,” Henry told me Wednesday.
There is personal accusation to give Kenny a shoulder to this mess.
Rumor has it that he often asks himself or a small group of senior staff about the epidemic and other policies to exclude experts and his own MLAs.
By clicking the switch on and off lock downs, acting slowly when strong action is taken, and enduring retreating from his own side of the legislature, Kenny often gives the appearance of a reluctant coper trapped on a Trans Canada highway.
Now, to be exact, credit Alberta for going in the right direction in many epidemics.
The new regulations apply to other severely affected provinces, and if the public respects them, the spike should be replaced.
Vaccination is appropriate in places like meat baking plants, if not too late, it makes sense.
Being the first province to vaccinate people over the age of 12 starting Monday is a bold step towards returning to a new normalcy.
For most prime ministers, the epidemic has proven to be a soul-destroying exercise that was unimaginable when they applied for the job. There is no precedent. No Game Book. Every optimistic sign of a path is sidelined by the next waves.
But usually for KJ Jason Kenny, trying to deceive rural support with an urban epidemic is particularly toxic.
The only march he leads is straight to the jaws of electoral defeat.
That’s the downside.