OPEN LINE TO D.C. FOR MLA
united Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney says there are benefits to a newly elected Mla having worked on donald trump’s presidential campaign.
On Friday, Kenney celebrated his party’s big victories in two byelections the day before, which saw devin dreeshen elected in Innisfail-Sylvan lake with 80 per cent of the vote and laila Goodridge, who took two-thirds of the vote in Fort McMurray-Conklin.
He also defended dreeshen for his extensive work as a volunteer on trump’s successful 2016 campaign, despite Kenney’s own views on trump.
“I’m not a fan but I recognize he’s the elected president of our largest trading partner and we have to deal with that administration,” the uCP leader told reporters at the Blackfoot diner parking lot.
“I think it’s actually helpful to have in our caucus an Mla who can get people on the phone in the u.S. administration.”
In November 2016, dreeshen and another conservative political activist penned a lengthy article in the Hill times in Ottawa chronicling their work on trump’s campaign.
they wrote that they campaigned off and on between February and November of that year, and visited 28 states.
deputy premier Sarah Hoffman said Friday the party wasn’t expecting to win the byelections in two seats that both went for the Wildrose in the last election.
She said the NdP isn’t planning to recalibrate its message.
“albertans will have their say in 2019 in a general election. (thursday) was two ridings that stayed conservative that were conservative before.”