Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will have his own radio show
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will launch a new phone radio show this weekend.
The show will air in Calgary on 770 CHQR and in Edmonton on 630 CHED.
Corus Entertainment’s John Vos told CBC News that the show was a long time coming and they first approached Kenney with the idea in June 2020.
“It was about making the elements come together,” Vos said.
The show will continue to air until the next provincial election, but will not continue during the campaign period. Vos also noted that they would return to the show if Kenney loses the leadership of the United Conservative Party in a vote scheduled for April 9.
Duane Bratt, a political scientist at Mount Royal University, said he was surprised to learn of the show’s launch.
“It’s quite the development.”
He questioned Kenney and Corus Entertainment’s motivation behind launching the show, and where funding for the segment will come from.
Vos, along with Corus Entertainment, told CBC News that the show was not “paid programming” and that no money changed hands.
Bratt said it was hard to view the premier’s new appeal program as isolated from the leadership vote just around the corner.
“Everything that’s happened over the last few weeks, you have to see it through the lens of April 9. The budget, yesterday’s gas tax announcement, the rebates, you’ll notice that everything This will come into effect on April 1.”
The decision to go ahead with the show marks a break from the prime minister’s recent means of communication, Bratt said, which typically come in the form of social media videos or live streams.
While communicating with the audience is generally a good thing, Bratt said, he expressed concerns about the show’s screening and the types of callers that would air.
“Are we talking about the premier of the province communicating with the people of the province, or is this the leader of a political party trying to defend his record ahead of a leadership review?”