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'It doesn’t have to be this way': Brian Jean sounds off on Alberta politics in Twitter thread

Alberta Wildrose leader Brian Jean announces a unity deal with the Alberta Wildrose in Edmonton on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The former leader of Alberta's Opposition is quitting the legislature, months after losing a bid to lead the province's new United Conservative Party. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

CALGARY — Politics in Alberta aren’t working, and Albertans are suffering because of it.

That’s how Brian Jean began a Twitter thread on Thursday that set sights on the political picture in the province.


Through the thread, Jean continued to jump back to the point that “Alberta needs something like the Saskatchewan Party.”

He says the UCP government continues to be blinded by their loathing of the NDP government and they will treat anyone who doesn’t blindly agree with every decision Jason Kenney makes as the enemy.

Meanwhile, he says the NDP returns that blind anger with “gusto,” and that Rachel Notley the leader is “much less moderate than Notley the Premier ever was.”

Jean says because of this battle between the two parties, they have lost what’s really important.


He says while this firefight continues between the two parties, Albertans feels ignored and it doesn’t have to be this way.

That’s why Jean continued to point back to the Saskatchewan Party.

“The Saskatchewan Party was set up to value free enterprise while also understanding that protecting Saskatchewan’s towns and communities is a central part of its mission.”

He goes on to say that if a party cares about people, it will respect their individuality and their sense of responsibility.

Jean says that when people vote for things rather than against them, we move closer to the politics of Peter Lougheed and Ralph Klein, who respected their opponents and would work together to solve the province’s common problems.

Jean concluded by saying that if the province can get a government that makes caring decisions rather than anger its focus, it can be the path to fixing Alberta politics.

“The UCP can and should still become this type of party.

“If it doesn’t, Albertans will need to create one.”