There’s discuss of Michelle Rempel Garner working for the UCP management, however to date the federal MP for Calgary Nostril Hill is atypically elusive.
She solutions textual content queries about her plans with informative asides similar to “hahahaha!”
One supply near Rempel Garner says she’ll be within the race to switch Premier Jason Kenney, however first she’s ready for the UCP to launch marketing campaign voting guidelines, the quantity of the entry price and a date for the vote.
The provincial celebration mentioned Wednesday that the small print could possibly be made public by the weekend, or early subsequent week on the newest.
Others who would possibly know of a Rempel Garner run aren’t conscious of a marketing campaign forming. They suppose she’s about a good wager to comply with by.
Among the discuss is coming from out east, the place her position as Patrick Brown’s marketing campaign co-chair in his federal management marketing campaign is likely to be thrown into query.
Two MPs withdrew their endorsements from Brown on Tuesday, switching allegiance to Pierre Poilievre.
That leaves solely two MPs, together with Rempel Garner, nonetheless behind the Brampton, Ont., mayor.
The Brown marketing campaign begins to seem like a ship to sink on. This might not be the place Rempel Garner needs to stake her future.
She’s a political bigfoot in Calgary, by far the best-known federal determine in a pack of native Conservative MPs.
Rempel Garner is a unusual, issue-based politician; very sturdy on LGBTQ rights, as an example, but in addition on gun possession. She was one among solely 45 MPs to assist Erin O’Toole’s celebration management within the vote that ejected him.
Some folks concerned within the UCP campaigns say Rempel Garner could be among the many high three candidates, together with Travis Toews and Brian Jean (or Danielle Smith, relying on who’s speaking).
However Rempel Garner ought to count on some severe provincial pushback. One Alberta MLA who’s backing Toews says “the very last thing we’d like is one other federal politician telling us what to do right here.”
He alludes to former federal minister Kenney and in addition fellow Ottawa expat Jim Prentice, who turned the Alberta Progressive Conservative chief and premier however misplaced the 2015 provincial election to the NDP. Sadly, he later died in a aircraft crash.
The UCP folks see a recurring sample: Federal politicians are adept at spouting excessive ideas however present much less talent when coping with issues affecting precise people. Kenney’s alienation of the Alberta well being sector is an effective instance.
Some UCP politicians would welcome a feminine chief. That features some very conservative MLAs in rural areas. They need a whole change in look and tone from Kenney.
No matter Rempel Garner decides, extra girls can be within the race. Transportation Minister Rajan Sawhney is near asserting, as is Kids’s Providers Minister Rebecca Schulz.
And former minister Leela Aheer had her native marketing campaign launch Wednesday beside breezy Chestermere Lake, saying she’s “blown away” by assist.
This was a minimalist launch. “We don’t have a machine, you’re it,” she mentioned, referring to her two sons.
Aheer was probably the most outspoken MLAs in standing as much as Kenney. She demanded his resignation after the notorious Sky Palace episode, when Kenney was caught on digicam along with his inside cupboard circle, apparently flouting COVID guidelines.
Aheer additionally mentioned the premier confirmed “an excessive amount of ego and never sufficient empathy.”
All that price her a alternative cupboard put up and $60,000 in further annual wage.
No different minister was keen to pay that worth. Her native driving board additionally confronted down a decided effort to overthrow it.
Aheer says the federal government has to genuinely apologize to health-care employees who felt demeaned by pay cuts whilst they confronted probably the most severe well being problem in a century.
All this, and the race hasn’t even formally began but.
Don Braid’s column seems frequently within the Herald