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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney during Tuesday's COVID-19 news conference. Image: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | This rebellion makes Jason Kenney look weak. It suggests the natural state of the right in Alberta is to be divided between a far-right social conservative fringe and a true centre-right party.
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Former Alberta premier Ralph Klein playing golf with Dan MacLennan, president of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees during part of Klein's term in office. Image: Dan MacLennan
David J. Climenhaga | It would be useful to still have Ralph Klein, who died on this day in 2013, around to get his take on Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party. It likely wouldn't be entirely complimentary.
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Fort McMurray-Cold Lake Conservative MP David Yurdiga. Image credit: David Yurdiga/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | You can mock Alberta Conservative politicians, but it is nearly impossible to parody them. Fortunately, they do that themselves without prompting. Sometimes twice in one week.
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Immunization in 1943 -- Canada had more vaccine production and manufacturing capacity then than now. Image credit: John Vachon/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | The minute memories of COVID-19 begin to fade, the Conservative clamour for Canadian vaccine and PPE manufacturing will disappear as quickly as a Canadian summer.
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CN Rail grain train at Spences Bridge, B.C. Image: Mick Hall/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Don't look for any Conservative to confess they were wrong about the CN rail strike. Admitting error -- even when it's blatantly obvious -- is just not in their political DNA.
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Former prime minister Stephen Harper in 2013. Photo: michael_swan/Flickr
Antonia Zerbisias, Broadsides | It's easy to imagine that former prime minister Stephen Harper is still writing the conservative playbook. The clues are everywhere, as Harper makes stops on his tour of the rubber-chicken circuit.
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford attends the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, the Whitby Chamber of Commerce and the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade Luncheon. Photo: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
Antonia Zerbisias, Broadsides | You have to wonder if federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer wishes he could push Ontario's Doug Ford down and out of media range between now and the federal election in October.
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Conservative leader Andrew Scheer flips pancakes at 2019 Cenovus Family Day Breakfast. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
Antonia Zerbisias, Broadsides | How fitting that a wrecking crew of conservatives met at the Calgary Stampede where they sported cowboy hats and jeans, flipped pancakes for the cameras and fumed about the federal carbon tax.
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Andrew Scheer speaks with Stephen Harper at 2018 Calgary Stampede. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
Broadsides, Antonia Zerbisias | Conservative leader Andrew Scheer may be on show. But he's not the man -- or men -- orchestrating the moves of the Conservatives.
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Jason Kenney and Andrew Scheer (L-R). Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | In Alberta, the New Conspiracism leads inevitably to the New McCarthyism as Jason Kenney's War Room morphs into the House Un-Albertan Activities Committee.
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford. Photo: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
Antonia Zerbisias, Broadsides | In the wake of Jason Kenney's victory in Alberta, Doug Ford celebrated the "Blue Wave" washing over Canada, making it clear that the right will stick together to work from the same damaging playbook.
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Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
Bill Blaikie | Having lost the culture wars on reproductive rights and same-sex marriage, there is now a counter-insurgency among Conservatives in the name of religious freedom.