Like the CPC policy change last year where they "progressively" agreed not to talk about gay marriage in the party platform any more, we have to recognize that silence is not a neutral position. With most politicians, there is exactly one time that they will be silent on an issue: when they know that what they would say carries a high political price.
Overtly social conservative issues don't fly in Alberta these days. There are plenty who wish they would, but one only has to look back to the 2012 election when candidate Rev. Hunsperger's infamous "Lake of Fire" blog post became public to see this. Then Wildrose Party (WRP) leader Danielle Smith tried desperately to 'duck-and-weave' on the subject, but Albertans didn't buy it. In a matter of a week or so, WildRose went from being positioned to oust the long reigning PCs to being an also-ran. Albertans - especially in urban areas - withdrew their support from the WRP so fast it stunned both politicians and strategists alike.
Let me clear - Kenney is nobody's fool. He knows that his socially conservative beliefs aren't exactly electable material. If he gets hung with them, then his political goose is cooked. His one hope is to cloak himself in the mantle of "free enterprise" and "fiscal conservatism". As long as he can avoid being held accountable for his SoCon beliefs, he thinks he can have it both ways. Appeal to Alberta's long held "free enterprise spirit" and at the same time be revered as a political hero by the religious right (which is strong in rural Alberta).
Fortunately for us, the Internet has a long memory, and it will be difficult for Kenney to entirely avoid the reality that his past has wrought. Kenney got his start in politics as a pro-life advocate in his undergraduate days:
If this were merely a "youthful moment", I'd be willing to let it go. But it isn't. Through the 1990s, Kenney spent much of his time on the 'pro-life rubber chicken circuit', and became quite a sought after speaker. Unfortunately, even a relatively young Kenney seemed to understand that his track record in this area could bite him. As a result, it is next to impossible to find transcripts of his speeches, or indeed, any record of what he outside of brief mentions in organization newsletters.
However, it is these speaking engagements which are a large part of what got him such an effusive endorsement from Campaign Life Coalition:
I don't live in the halls of government, and _I_ can figure out how Kenney might proceed. Someone more familiar with the apparatus of government like Mr. Kenney can no doubt come up with a dozen tools I haven't thought of. This is why silence is not "neutral", nor should we trust the use of silence.