Monday, April 12, 2021

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Anonymous
2021-04-12 11:53:02

agree with the suggestions that he could have other people speak more. in a recent conference, he went on too long, and then had the experts come in at the end and by that time many people would no longer be listening. Why not introduce the experts, let them talk, and then come in at the end to sum up and make a few key points?

Anonymous
2021-04-12 09:38:14

Grant, As a person I can feel sorry for Jason Kenney but not as a Premier. He is argumentative with everyone as if politics is just a series of debates that can all be won (meaning the other side must lose). Both sides disapprove of his performance because he treats them both the same which means he supports neither unless debating with the other. He didn’t take Sweden’s laissez faire approach (thank God) but he didn’t take the full measures he should have near quickly enough either. It was like he was trying to do enough to win the debate without really addressing the issue - it was always someone else’s fault when things went wrong, Trudeau for not sending enough vaccines fast enough and Albertans for not getting more restrictions because they weren’t voluntarily following the insufficient rules already in place. So while I can feel sorry for Jason Kenney, I feel more sorry for Alberta and Albertans because we deserved better in all those areas you noted, not just COVID. Ken Cantor

Anonymous
2021-04-12 10:04:53

I agree Ken. I guess that's my point. I feel badly for him as a person. With him especially, it's very hard to separate the person from the politician.

-Grant

Anonymous
2021-04-12 11:00:09

Well he did in many respects, albeit with Preston constantly in the background, both create and campaign for the role and the place he currently finds himself in. It’s not as if he rose from within or had strong connections and was nominated from the floor... despite all his grass roots theatrics, he was an outsider in both of the parties he merged (I hesitate to say united despite the new name) and he is a top down manager, just not a good one. To be an effective/good top down manager, you need to have a vision, not dogma, to implement.

Anonymous
2021-04-12 11:07:05

Great comments.

I just feel he's in a no-win situation now, which may be because of his doing. How can you win when almost everyone isn't happy with the moves you've made on COVID?

-Grant

Anonymous
2021-04-12 09:21:55

Kenney can't do what Horgan did because his health minister is despised even more. Yes he inherited a bad situation, but he has made things worse and is an embattled premier mostly by his own doing. If there was a premier to feel sorry for, it's Rachel Notley. She also inherited a bad situation and did a decent job steering a crippled ship, but nothing she ever did was good enough to the Kenney base.

Anonymous
2021-04-12 09:35:05

Thanks for the comment. I can't disagree with anything you said. You're right, there are big differences in the way the public in AB and BC feel about their health ministers. I'm pretty sure, come to think of it, that approval ratings for most BC cabinet ministers would be far higher than their counterparts in AB.

-Grant