The Rise and Fall of Jason Kenney
The first scholarly analysis of the 2019 Alberta Election, which led to the victory of Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party, and of the UCP’s first years in government.
In 2019, the United Conservative Party, under the leadership of Jason Kenney, unseated the New Democratic Party to form the provincial government of Alberta. A restoration of conservative power in a province that had seen the Progressive Conservatives win every election from 1971-2015, UCP quickly began to make political waves.
This is the first scholarly analysis of the 2019 election and the first years of the UCP government, with special focus on the path of Jason Kenney’s rise to, and fall from, provincial political power. It opens with an examination of the election from a number of vantage points, including the campaign, polling, and online politics. It provides fascinating insight into internal UCP politics with chapters on the divisions within the party, gender and the UCP, and the symbolism of Kenney’s famous blue pickup truck. Explorations of oil and gas policy, the Energy War Room, Alberta’s budgets, health care, education, the public sector, Alberta’s cultural industries, and more provide unprecedented insight into the actions, motivations, and impacts of Kenney’s UCP Government in power. Contributions from top political watchers, journalists, and academics provide a wide range of methods and perspectives.
Concluding with a survey of the impacts of COVID-19 in Alberta and a comparison between Jason Kenney and Doug Ford, Blue Storm is essential reading for everyone interested in Alberta politics and the tumultuous first years of the UCP government. Providing key insights from perspectives across the political spectrum, this book is a captivating deep-dive into an unprecedented party, its often controversial politics, and its unforgettable leader.
Introduction: Jason Kenney and the Perfect Storm
Chapter 1. Two Combative Leaders, Two Disperate Parties, and One Bitter Campaign: The 2019 Alberta Election
Chapter 2. The Alberta 2019 Election Online: A Turn to Two Party Electoral Dominance?
Chapter 3. Standard Error: The Polls in the 2019 Alberta Election and Beyond
Chapter 4. Divisions among Alberta’s “Conservatives”
Chapter 5 Albertans and the Fair Deal
Chapter 6: Policing and Alberta's United Conservative Party Government
Chapter 7: Playing the Populist Victim: Women, Gender, Representation, and the United Conservative Party
Chapter 8. Kenney’s Ride: Albertan Neo-Liberal Myths and the Symbology of a Blue Doge Ram
- container titleBlue Storm
- publisherUniversity of Calgary Press
- publisher placeCalgary, AB
- restrictionsCC-BY-ND 4.0
- rightsThis Open Access work is published under a creative commons licence.
- rights holderUniversity of Calgary Press
- series number4
- series titleArts in Action