jasonkenney-caylanford_thumb
jasonkenney-caylanford_thumb This article is more than 2 years old
New

Ralph Klein Accused Lobby Jason Kenney Led of Spreading Lies and ‘Robbing Seniors’

Kenney took a 36% cut out of membership fees when he worked for the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation

During United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney’s time as executive director of the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation, former Alberta premier Ralph Klein alleged he helped “rob” senior citizens.

The UCP leader regularly upholds the former Progressive Conservative premier as “the most remarkable leader,” as “that man with a twinkle in his eye,” and as the premier who “did the impossible.”

In 1996, Ralph Klein called me up and asked me to come to his condo for a couple of beers. ?At the time, I was head of…

Posted by Jason Kenney on Friday, September 15, 2017

But back in 1993, when the Canadian Taxpayers Federation criticized the Klein government’s expenses, Klein had harsh words for Kenney. Then-premier Klein said the 37% commission the lobby gives agents for signing up members was dishonest money.

On April 23, 1993, the Edmonton Journal quoted Klein, telling Kenney:

I think 37 per cent commission to salespeople spreading not totally the truth about what government operations are all about is a little bit of robbery

The Calgary Herald, reported Klein told the future UCP leader:

quit robbing the old senior citizens of their money to generate this kind of fear.

On April 21 1993, The Herald reported Klein “retracted the robbery allegation after being
threatened with possible legal action in a verbal sparring match with Kenney in a legislature hallway.”

“Robbing was probably a strong use of words and I’ll retract that,” Klein reportedly told Kenney. “But I still think that what you’re doing is not entirely ethical.

Klein’s damning comments against Kenney may come as a surprise, given that on the 25th anniversary of Klein’s election as premier of Alberta, Kenney claimed the Klein government led to an era of “unrivalled growth and prosperity for Albertans.”

 

Help us protect Canadians by holding the powerful accountable.

Journalism is an important public service. That’s why PressProgress is prioritizing stories aimed at keeping Canadians safe and holding the powerful accountable during the coronavirus pandemic.

Please consider supporting our award-winning non-profit news organization so we can keep making a positive impact for Canadians.

 

Support Our Journalism
PressProgress
PressProgress is an award-winning non-profit news organization focused on uncovering and unpacking the news through original investigative and explanatory journalism.

Most Shared

ELECTION Explainer

CEO of Private Healthcare Company Hosted Fundraising Event for Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole

Related Stories

New

UBC Isn’t Releasing Key Campus COVID-19 Data, Experts Say That’s A Bad Idea

View the post
New

Top Doug Ford Adviser Says Private Text Messages Show MPP Promoted COVID-19 Vaccine Conspiracies

View the post
New

A Liberal Big Data Firm Quietly Polled Canadians About Justin Trudeau’s Beard. Two Weeks Later, He Shaved.

View the post

Explainers

Politics & strategy

Jeremy Appel

The battle of the PACs in Calgary’s municipal election

View the post
Politics & strategy

Jeremy Appel

27 Different Candidates are Vying to be Calgary’s Mayor. Here Are the Biggest Issues at Stake.

View the post
Work & rights

Shanice Regis-Wilkins

How Labour Activists Pushed For Policies That Protect Workers and the Environment This Election

View the post