Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is the big dog of the political right. When he barks, Conservatives sit up and take notice.
He barked when he darted into the middle of the federal Conservative leadership race last week, wagging his tail approvingly at candidate Erin O’Toole and (if you will permit the analogy) lifting his leg on the front-runner, Peter MacKay.
It is unusual for a provincial premier to openly endorse a candidate for their party’s national leadership. To my knowledge, it is unprecedented for a premier to publicly diss that candidate’s principal opponent.