Jason Kenney slashed the budget-hey, Trudeau made him do it! - 2019-10-24

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F253.png Jason Kenney slashed the budget-hey, Trudeau made him do it! October 24, 2019, Jason Markusoff, Macleans

After this week, may we never again doubt Jason Kenney's willingness to identify a crisis, stoke public sentiment around it and then take full advantage of it.

The Alberta premier timed it this way, of course—three days after Monday's federal election, his first provincial budget to reshape Alberta in his United Conservative Party's image.

Much of the earlier scrutiny of Kenney's timing dwelt on how he wanted to hold off the various program spending cuts and public-sector jolts until after Oct. 21, lest they colour how Canadian voters rendered judgment on the federal Conservatives and Andrew Scheer. His government's rhetoric in Thursday's budget signals another motive: that Kenney figures he can leverage Albertans' anger over another Liberal victory in Ottawa to win support for a fiscal plan that spreads pain widely around the public service sectors, and hints at more to come.

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