Kenney in tough spot according to latest Survey



Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is in a tough spot heading into the final few weeks before his leadership review in Red Deer.


According to a ThinkHQ survey, only 22 percent of survey respondents believe Jason Kenney is doing a good job at leading the province.


Think HQ Public Affairs President Marc Henry said that this spells trouble for the governing UCP and Premier Kenney, "The United Conservative Party today under Jason Kenney's leadership is very much the 'Divided Conservative Party'.


"The UCP is an electoral creature, sewn together from two rival conservative parties primarily to unseat the NDP government. They did that, but in the face of this prolonged and punishing pandemic, the creature is tearing itself apart at the stitches," Henry added.


Henry says only one question has to be asked with the numbers released,"How long can it continue this course of self-destruction before it is no longer viable to prevent another Notley Government?"


Kenney is heading into a tough few weeks, with a by-election on Tuesday in Fort McMurray Lac La Biche which could see his former political rival Brian Jean come back into the legislature.


Jean has been vocal about his opposition again Kenney and has been rally the troops to support his movement to overthrow Kenney at the leadership review in Red Deer.


Henry stated that with the lowering approval rating of Kenney, ghosts premiers of years gone by are starting to show themselves, "We have not seen a sitting premier with numbers this low in almost a decade; Alison Redford resigned the day it was revealed her approval at the time had dropped to 18%. That's a 'margin of error' difference from Kenney's results today."


Kenney has been trying to get his party and government back on track with good news stories including a balanced budget, the removal of COVID-19 mandates, and restrictions, with AHS removing the mandatory vaccination requirement for AHS employees.


The margin of error is +/- 2.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.