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GUNTER: Kenney walking fine line over Western alienation

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It’s an uneven fight.

In the struggle between Alberta and Ottawa, Alberta premier Jason Kenney likely needs the Trudeau Liberals more than they need him.

Kenney is walking a very fine line. He’s a federalist. Who knows, he may even harbour ambitions to return to federal politics some day.

That means Kenney needs to keep the growing Western independence movement – which includes the Wexit wildfire – at bay. But in order to do that, he needs some real, red-meat triumphs on issues that truly matter to Albertans and other Westerners.

Yet for Kenney to chalk up wins on just about any issue that truly infuriates Albertans (and stunts our economic growth), he needs the minority Liberal government to take bold action – action that will not be popular in the three areas in which Liberal support is rooted: the province of Quebec, the Greater Toronto Area and the core of Vancouver.

You can see Kenney’s dilemma. For him to defuse........

© Edmonton Sun