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(Thread) About to go on an #ableg tangent, but first must say I have a loose conflict of interest with one of the parties’ at the federal level, hence why I’ve ceased reporting on Canadian politics for past 12 months and for next few years.
I’d never champion a single party (for what it’s worth, I’ve voted right, left and centre since 2010). Many journalists will disagree, but I don’t think this disqualifies me from expressing my personal concerns about Jason Kenney’s crooked, exploitive, and duplicitous conduct.
With that out of the way, @CBCNews’s bombshell investigation into voter fraud tied to Kenney’s campaign needs close attention because nothing sums up his win-at-all-costs mindset than these credible allegations that he cheated his own party. #ableg cbc.ca/news/canada/ca…
… and before you read further, show kudos to the hardworking reporters by following @DrewPAnderson @carolyndunncbc @dempsterCBC @CBCBryan @audreyneva.
Allegation 1: Kenney, champion of democracy, led a campaign under investigation for voter fraud by RCMP. #ableg
Allegation 2: Kenney, champion of immigrants, targeted newcomers to exploit their hospitality, language barriers, and unlikelihood of membership voting to cast votes for himself. #ableg
Allegation 3: Kenney, champion of the Alberta conservatives, exploited blindspots in the electoral process of the party he formed to “Unite the Right.” #ableg
Allegation 4: Kenney, champion of cybersecurity, set up his own voting stations with VPNs whose only function is to conceal computer addresses, in this case to overcome limit of six votes per address.
Allegation 5: Kenney, champion of fair elections, permitted an “independent” audit from a company owned by a former Progressive Conservative MLA and current UCP candidate.
Allegation 6: Kenney, champion of civility, colluded with a dark-horse candidate to denigrate his top opponent, then drop-out and throw his support behind Kenney.
Allegation 7: Kenney, champion of transparency, interviewed another potential “dark horse” before Callaway, now under investigation by RCMP and the election commission for irregular finances. Full story here: macleans.ca/politics/what-…
This investigation isn't first or even second or third shoe to drop. If UCP wins despite all signs of cheating their own base, and ultimately Albertans, it won’t be for lack of reporting. My peers are burning themselves out trying to put these democratic violations in plain view.
Though I think media analysis of widespread bigotry and extremism in UCP ranks needs great improvement, let’s examine coverage of Kenny’s clear and undeniable duplicity on social issues. #ableg
Fact 1: Kenney, champion of persecuted LGBT, relentlessly fought for a law that ultimately prevented gay men from visiting their dying lovers in hospitals. Read @TS_Lambert in @sprawlcalgary: sprawlcalgary.com/the-young-zeal… #ableg
Fact 2: Kenney, champion of official apologies, has never apologized for the above or any anti-gay rhetoric despite multiple requests to just say sorry. Read/listen: globalnews.ca/news/5129721/a… #ableg
… though if he were to apologize I'm sure it would sound like this. #ableg
Fact 3: Kenney, champion of counter-extremism, held some pretty friggin' extremist views, even by mainstream Catholic standards. Read: sprawlcalgary.com/the-young-zeal…
Fact 4: Kenney, champion of women’s liberties, intimidated a pro-choice woman in his youth and STILL refuses to answer the question about whether he considers abortion “murder.” #ableg
… Can we just pause to appreciate that Kenney has come closer to implementing something like Sharia Law than any one spooky Muslim in Canadian or US governance? #ableg
Fact 5: Kenney, champion of Muslim immigrants, rolled out the welcome mat for one of the most vile anti-Muslim bigots in North America, whose very career was built on stoking Islamophobia toward desperate migrants. #ableg
Fact 6: Kenney, champion of religious freedom, happily appeared on Quebec radio show hosted by notorious Islamophobe who denigrated Quebec City mosque before the shooting and continued vilifying Muslims after. Read: cbc.ca/news/canada/mo… #ableg
…BTW, after the Quebec mosque shooting Duhaime seriously contemplated whether the right-wing terrorist was a “political prisoner.” French article here: sortonslespoubelles.com/sylvain-boucha…
Fact 7: Kenney, champion of protecting houses of worship, in fact was part of government that created security infrastructure program for temples. However, Muslim organizations were barely recipients before Quebec City mosque shooting. #ableg
…During Harper and Trudeau vast majority were Jewish organization. Only after the massacre did program extend deadline to accommodate unprecedented applications from Muslims. This hasn't been reported, but here's my breakdown of the data #ableg
So there you have it, 14 credible allegations and facts revealing cynical, sinister, and straight-up conniving qualities the Alberta’s front-runner premier. This took lots of time, so please RT if you found it useful. #ableg
Adding to the thread so it's all in one place.
Something I didn't explain well (at all) in this tweet. This is Kenney's response TO Quebec Mosque shooting. Literally, same day—#jan29. He's trying to take credit for trying to protect mosques when the numbers show a total of 14 mosques received money.
Yo, I’m heartened by the loads of thanks and high-wives sent my way for this but I deserve none of it. Give your thanks to the reporters who broke these stories despite stonewalling and dove into history despite lack of resources and time.
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