By: Greg Staley
Todd Loewen announced yesterday, May 13th, 2021 that he would be stepping down from his position as the United Conservative Parties Caucus Chair. He did this so he could “speak freely” about Premier Kenney and ask that the Premier “resign” so that “we can begin to put the province back together again.”
The MLA for Central Peace-Notley and former Caucus Chair of the UCP said that he no longer believed that caucus could function properly. He said, “meetings have been cancelled without members consent, significant decisions of government have been made without notice to members and our input as elected members is rarely considered.” The MLA added “Additionally, I feel it is best to resign this position to be able to speak freely.”
Mr. Loewen says “Albertans have lost trust”
Mr. Loewen wrote that under Kenney’s leadership the UCP has faced “persistent problems.” He said the government’s response to a hostile federal government has been perceived as “weak and ineffective.” The Central Peace-Notley MLA said that “Albertans have lost trust in the leadership of our government and are no longer willing to extend us any benefit of the doubt on most issues.”
Mr. Loewen didn’t hold any punches as he placed the blame for the current political climate directly on Premier Kenney’s shoulders. He said, “the caucus dysfunction we are presently experiencing is a direct result of your leadership.” Mr. Loewen continued, “messaging from your government has been contradictory, confusing and needlessly inflammatory.”
Mr. Loewen added that people see the UCP government as “out of touch and arrogant” and that “these folks have not abandoned the principles and values of the UCP but they have abandoned the Premier “specifically”.
Mr. Loewen wrote that “along with so many Albertans, our understanding was that we in the UCP had united around our shared principles.” Mr. Loewen continued “we did not unite around blind loyalty to one man” adding that “while you promoted unity it is clear that unity is falling apart.”
The MLA for Central Peace-Notley and former Caucus chair of the UCP finished his letter to the Kenney by saying that many Albertans including himself “no longer have confidence” in the Premier’s leadership. As a result Mr. Loewen thanked the Premier for his service and asked that he resign so that “we can begin to put the province back together again.”
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