Former journalist Tom Olsen chosen to lead Kenney's renamed 'war room' - 2019-10-10
Former journalist Tom Olsen, for much of the past decade a self-employed PR man who rarely strayed far from the gravitational field of Conservative power in Alberta, was named yesterday by Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage as the successful candidate to lead the United Conservative Party's "war room."
Perhaps Olsen was the only candidate for the job. It's hard to know from Savage's news release, which subtly renamed the entity a more respectable-sounding "Canadian Energy Centre." That seems unlikely, however, since his managing director's salary will be $195,000 per annum.
Regardless, the well-coiffed former reporter's years as a loyal Conservative retainer included a stint as a spokesperson for former premier Ed Stelmach and a doomed run earlier this year for the United Conservative Party in the Calgary-Buffalo riding, where he was comfortably defeated by former NDP finance minister Joe Ceci, the blue wave of 2019 notwithstanding.