Braid: Premier Kenney stakes his leadership survival on 'Open for Spring'

2022-01-29 12:38:00 PM

Braid: Premier Kenney stakes his leadership survival on 'Open for Spring' via @calgaryherald

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Braid: Premier Kenney stakes his leadership survival on 'Open for Spring' via calgaryherald

But Kenney is taking a huge gamble. He sets himself up for spectacular failure if the virus takes another wrong turn.

The premier was proved horribly wrong. The deadly fourth wave forced restrictions, like the proof of vaccination requirement, that were unpopular with many people in his caucus and party.And so, Kenney signals what we could call Open for Spring.Article content

Other places are opening up, Saskatchewan and the U.K., notably. Kenney isn’t entirely out of step. Omicron appears to have peaked.AdvertisementEven now, MLAs and party members are lining up strategies and selling memberships.Attendance doesn’t come cheap for a session with only one function, voting, that will probably last from the formal start at 11 a.m. until early evening.

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Back to video Who wouldn’t suspect a head-on collision between politics and science? When Kenney launched the Open for Summer campaign last year, COVID cases were very low.Social Sharing 14 more deaths reported in province, Dr.Social Sharing 14 more deaths reported in province, Dr.Ontario Premier Doug Ford, pictured Jan.

There was some reason to believe we were near the end of the pandemic. The premier was proved horribly wrong. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, held a news conference Thursday about efforts to contain COVID-19. The deadly fourth wave forced restrictions, like the proof of vaccination requirement, that were unpopular with many people in his caucus and party. (CBC) comments Alberta will begin lifting health restrictions once hospitalization rates drop, Premier Jason Kenney said Thursday. Today, the anger only grows among party members and MLAs like Peter Guthrie from Airdrie-Cochrane, who recently posted his opposition on Facebook. "That day you're talking about is coming," Kenney told a news conference, responding to a question about when Albertans may see the easing of public health restrictions. He’s the latest in a long line.—Ontario Premier Doug Ford was sharply criticized in some circles recently for doing a good deed.

Only one move can blunt this opposition: cancelling the restrictions. And I hope it comes — I'll just tell you this — we will eliminate the restrictions exemption program as soon as it is safe to do so. And I hope it comes — I'll just tell you this — we will eliminate the restrictions exemption program as soon as it is safe to do so. And so, Kenney signals what we could call Open for Spring. Advertisement This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. "We're at, in fact, the highest point in the two years in terms of people in hospital with COVID. Article content But this comes at the very moment when COVID cases are at their highest ever. "But I very much hope that we can move towards widespread relaxation of public health measures — including the proof of vaccination program — in the foreseeable future, once we start to see the pressure on hospitals trend down. Nearly 100 Albertans have died in the past week." Kenney said the decision would be based on data, and what the province can learn from other jurisdictions where the Omicron wave is ahead of Alberta's. Cancel anytime.

Omicron may be milder, but it’s far from harmless. At the same time, anger at restrictions is rising in a wider swath of the population. "I am hopeful, based on the trends we are beginning to see here and we've seen elsewhere, that we'll be able to consider lifting that and most other public health measures well before that," he said. "I am hopeful, based on the trends we are beginning to see here and we've seen elsewhere, that we'll be able to consider lifting that and most other public health measures well before that," he said. People are taking more chances with Omicron than they ever did with Delta, working out their own ways to protect themselves (or not) and paying little attention to what the experts say from day to day. Other places are opening up, Saskatchewan and the U. 2:39 Dr.K. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta chief medical officer of health, reported 14 new deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total to 3,518 since the start of the pandemic.

, notably. There were 1,469 people with COVID-19 in hospital Thursday, up from 1,418 on Wednesday, Hinshaw said. Kenney isn’t entirely out of step. Omicron appears to have peaked. Alberta Health Services has started moving patients into the Kaye Edmonton Clinic pandemic response unit. Alberta Health Services has started moving patients into the Kaye Edmonton Clinic pandemic response unit. But he is taking a huge gamble. He sets himself up for spectacular failure if the virus takes another wrong turn. Over the next few days additional patients will be admitted to the unit, which currently has staffing to support 18 beds.

The key factor is that leadership review vote in Red Deer on April 9. Provincially, ICU capacity, including additional surge beds, is at 80 per cent. Advertisement This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Without the use of additional surge spaces, provincial ICU capacity would be at 112 per cent. Article content Even now, MLAs and party members are lining up strategies and selling memberships. On Friday, the party sent out rules for this special general meeting that could draw thousands. Eligible voters must hold a party membership by March 19.

To actually cast a ballot, the individual also has to register and attend the meeting. Attendance doesn’t come cheap for a session with only one function, voting, that will probably last from the formal start at 11 a.m. until early evening. Those who register online by March 19 pay $99.

After that, the price goes up to $149 until April 5, when online registration closes. People who decide after the deadline they absolutely must vote will face a price of $250 for “limited registration” at the door. Advertisement This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content Those considered “youth” by the UCP (25 and under) get a special price of $49 for registering by April 5. That’s an advantage to Kenney.

He is brilliant at lining up enthusiastic young conservatives. All told, it’s an expensive ticket to attend a brief party fundraiser in disguise. The UCP’s challenged treasury could easily reap nearly $300,000 just from the $99 tickets. MLA Todd Loewen says it’s unlikely northerners will make the trip to Red Deer. Photo by Peter Shokeir / Daily Herald-Tribune file Todd Loewen, the Central Peace-Notley MLA who was kicked out of caucus for telling Kenney to quit, thinks most northerners won’t drive five hours or more to Red Deer.

“The north is the region most opposed to Kenney,” he says, “but a lot of people are done with him and the party already. They won’t bother going.” Loewen is reportedly going to Ottawa with the Freedom Convoy. Advertisement This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content And yet, many UCP members value their party and think that only getting rid of Kenney can save it.

He still has support in the party, obviously. But the anger is red hot. It far exceeds negative feelings toward former premiers like Ed Stelmach and Alison Redford when they faced leadership reviews. And the vaccine passports provoke the deepest emotions from his toughest party critics. By saying early that he believes they’ll be gone, he immediately changes the dynamic for the Red Deer vote.

Alberta, here comes Open for Spring. Don Braid’s column appears regularly in the Calgary Herald. Twitter: .