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Illegal donations. Voter fraud. Collusion.“Kamikaze” candidate. Jason Kenney’s leadership campaign scandal shows he'll do anything for power & can’t be trusted to deliver for anyone but himself. This thread has the details.(spoiler: there's a lot) #ableg #Albertadeservesbetter 1/
A week and half before Jason Kenney launched his UCP leadership campaign, he and his campaign manager met with alleged “kamikaze” candidate-to-be Jeff Callaway. Callaway registered as a candidate for UCP leader six days after Kenney’s launch. #ableg 2/x
Summer 2017: key Callaway supporter Wendy Adams is secretly recorded, admitting Callaway’s leadership campaign is a “kamikaze mission.”
And Callaway’s campaign co-manager Cam Davies admitted he’s “100% behind Jason Kenney” 3/x
#ableg #AlbertaDeservesBetter
Side note: Before Callaway was approached, former UCP MLA Derek Fildebrandt claims that, at a private dinner in 2017, Jason Kenney personally asked him to be his “stalking horse candidate” to “undermine” Brian Jean. 4/x #ableg #AlbertaDeservesBetter
September 2017: UCP unveiled their leadership race rules — which included using an “independent auditor” to ensure fairness.
The party then hired a company owned by a financial supporter of Jason Kenney's, David Dorward, to audit the vote. 5/x #ableg
Oct. 2017: Despite raising over $86,000, Jeff Callaway dropped out of the UCP leadership race and endorsed Jason Kenney.
Brian Jean’s campaign says, “Jeff’s candidacy appeared to be an ineffective Kenney campaign stunt from the very beginning.” 6/x #ableg cbc.ca/news/canada/ca…
Oct. 26, 2017: The day Jason Kenney cast his ballot in the UCP leadership race — fellow candidates Brian Jean and Doug Schweitzer alleged voter fraud and requested the vote be put on hold. 7/x #ableg #AlbertaDeservesBetter cbc.ca/news/canada/ed…
Oct. 26, 2017: Jason Kenney’s campaign was caught asking their volunteers to use VPN software to mask their computers’ location & to allow multiple votes from the same computer.
The next day, Kenney won the UCP leadership.
#ableg #AlbertaDeservesBetter
Fast-forward to a year later: Prab Gill, former Kenney supporter and now independent MLA, alleges “envelopes full of undisclosed PAC cash” were used to undermine Brian Jean’s campaign in the UCP leadership race.
#ableg rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers…
Around the same time, Alberta’s Election Commissioner hired a retired @edmontonpolice investigator to look into the Callaway campaign and an alleged scheme to run him as a “stalking horse candidate” to discredit Brian Jean and assist Kenney.
January 2019: after meeting with former Kenney supporter Prab Gill, Alberta’s Election Commissioner confirmed the office is looking into the UCP leadership race and is concerned about efforts to “dissuade co-operation with investigators.”
February 11, 2019: Former UCP MLA Prab Gill tells the RCMP that Jason Kenney’s leadership campaign team cast fake votes using “thousands” of "fraudulent e-mail addresses’ in an illegal ‘identity fraud” scheme.
#ableg #AlbertaDeservesBetter
Jason Kenney insists there is “no evidence of inappropriate voting” and the process was audited (by someone who financially supported Kenney).
Kenney then implied “all campaigns” used kiosks & VPNs.
This went over super well with Brian Jean.
February 25: Jason Kenney’s lawyer sends MLA and former supporter Prab Gill a cease and desist letter concerning Gill's accusation to the RCMP of voter fraud and illegal donations.
The letter claims Kenney is “highly respected across Alberta.”
February 26: Cam Davies is fined $15,000 by Alberta’s Election Commissioner for obstructing an investigation.
You’ll remember Cam as co-manager of the Callaway campaign, who just happened to be “100% behind Jason Kenney” at the same time.
February 28: Two days after Davies was busted, Alberta’s Election Commissioner issues a $3,500 fine to Karen Brown for contributing $3,500 to Callaway's UCP leadership campaign “with funds given or furnished by another person.”
March 5: (buried in this story about another UCP scandal), Prab Gill states he has met with the RCMP for close to four hours to follow up on his allegation of voter fraud by Kenney during the leadership race.
March 7: In “things that make you go hmm?” news: UCP removes Calgary candidate — and Callaway co-campaign manager — Randy Kerr. They claim it's because he was “not being forthright” about a donation that had been public for over 18 months.
March 7: Despite vehemently denying allegations of collusion, an email leaked to Twitter allegedly shows the Callaway campaign transferring UCP Leadership Debate tickets intended for Callaway’s supporters to Jason Kenney’s campaign.
There you have it. Jason Kenney is quite possibly under investigation for credible allegations of voter fraud, illegal donations & colluding with a “kamikaze” candidate.
If this is how he runs his campaign, can we trust him to run Alberta?
#ableg #AlbertaDeservesBetter
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