– Medicine Hat chooses del­e­gates, big sup­port for Ken­ney

Medicine Hat News - - FRONT PAGE - TIM KALI­NOWSKI tkali­nowski@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNTimKal

The Medicine Hat Lodge was a lonely place to be if you weren’t a Ja­son Ken­ney sup­porter on Wed­nes­day night.

About 100 Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives voted for which lo­cal del­e­gates would rep­re­sent them at the up­com­ing party con­ven­tion in Cal­gary on March 17-18 to choose a new leader. Of the 18 can­di­dates who ran, only lo­cal board mem­bers Perry Doo­ley and Jim Tay­lor, and youth can­di­date Franklin Wylie, de­clared their in­ten­tion to sup­port Ken­ney ri­val Richard Starke. Doo­ley and Tay­lor had al­ready been ac­claimed be­fore the vot­ing took place as sit­ting board mem­bers. Wylie even­tu­ally lost in his bid to be a del­e­gate.

Among the de­clared Kenny sup­port­ers who won the right to be del­e­gates were Jim Bre­deson, Bobbi Dear­born, Alex Du­manowski, youth del­e­gate Ja­nine Graber, Dan Hein, Pat Hein, Terry Kn­odel, Jeff Lani­gan, Ann Lynde, Jon Seitz, Kath­leen Stubbs, and youth can­di­date Ja­cob Wylie.

Youth del­e­gate Theo Weigel was not present for the evening, and never had an op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress lo­cal mem­bers prior to the vote.

Be­sides Doo­ley and Tay­lor, Du­manowski, Lani­gan and Weigel are all sit­ting board mem­bers, and were ac­claimed on Wed­nes­day.

Board mem­ber Perry Doo­ley used his time at the mic to make an im­pas­sioned plea to his mem­bers.

“The Con­ser­va­tive Party lost that (2015) elec­tion not be­cause of split­ting the vote, but be­cause we got off track with our prin­ci­ples. I am a strong sup­porter of the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Party and its prin­ci­ples ... We need to start liv­ing them, and Richard Starke is the one who wants to take us for­ward un­der those prin­ci­ples,” he said.

How­ever, the press­ing need to unite the right to de­feat Pre­mier Rachel Not­ley was the over­ar­ch­ing theme for many who ran to be del­e­gates. Can­di­date Bobbi Dear­born said there was no more im­por­tant mis­sion for lo­cal con­ser­va­tives in Medicine Hat right now than to seek a united al­ter­na­tive.

“I be­lieve un­der Mr. Ken­ney,” said Dear­born dur­ing her re­marks prior to the vote, “we will have a sub­stan­tial chance of de­feat­ing the NDP gov­ern­ment in the next elec­tion.”

De­spite Doo­ley’s plea, in the end, it was Dear­born’s mes­sage which res­onated most loudly with vot­ers on the night.


Medicine Hat Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives chose 15 del­e­gates to rep­re­sent them at their up­com­ing lead­er­ship con­ven­tion on Wed­nes­day night. Lead­er­ship can­di­date Ja­son Ken­ney was the firm favourite among lo­cal mem­bers, and most of the del­e­gates cho­sen ran on a pro-Ken­ney, pro-unite-the-right mes­sage.

Ja­son Ken­ney

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