Jason Kenney’s decision to head back to Alberta puts to rest all of the chatter and speculation as to whether or not he would run for the federal leadership.
I wish him well in this latest endeavor. I was fortunate to work quite closely with him over the years when I was in charge of Question Period. He was formidable in QP both from a strategic sense and in his delivery of his questions. Many times I never gave Jason a written question, but he was our “clean up” guy, IE he would be up somewhere around the third round of questions and he would make up his own question based on the answers he had heard from Liberal ministers. It wasn’t unusual to see Jason’s question featured on the news instead of Harpers.
It will open up the Conservative leadership race a bit and it will be interesting to see if any new contenders step forward. There are still a few big names out there and no one can blame them for wanting to take their time before announcing yea or nay. I have worked for five different leaders and I have seen how challenging that leadership role can be especially when the party is in the opposition role and out of government. Trying to rebuild the party’s morale, platform and contend with all of the personalities and egos in caucus is not something most people would enjoy doing and it requires a very special dedication to the task.
I wish Jason much success and I think I can safely say Alberta politics will capture a lot of our attention over the next few months.