Ken­ney ac­claimed as UCP can­di­date in by­elec­tion

Edmonton Journal - - CITY - CLARE CLANCY cclancy@post­media.com

Op­po­si­tion Leader Ja­son Ken­ney was ac­claimed as the of­fi­cial United Con­ser­va­tive Party can­di­date in the Cal­gary-Lougheed by­elec­tion Tues­day.

MLA Dave Rod­ney gave up his seat shortly af­ter Ken­ney won the lead­er­ship bid Oct. 28.

He has rep­re­sented the Cal­gary south­west rid­ing since 2004. Pre­mier Rachel Not­ley has six months to call a by­elec­tion.

GROUP THREAT­ENS SUIT IN WAKE OF GAY-STRAIGHT AL­LIANCE DE­BATE

A Cal­gary non-profit, the Jus­tice Cen­tre for Con­sti­tu­tional Free­doms, threat­ened to launch a court chal­lenge of Bill 24 if the leg­is­la­tion passes in the Al­berta leg­is­la­ture.

Bill 24, an Act to Sup­port GayS­traight Al­liances (GSA), would pre­vent schools from no­ti­fy­ing par­ents if their child joins a GSA un­less the child gives his or her con­sent.

It has sparked in­tense po­lit­i­cal de­bate.

The group ar­gues that the pro­hi­bi­tion on no­ti­fy­ing par­ents about a GSA vi­o­lates the fun­da­men­tal rights of par­ents

AL­BERTA PARTY GEARS UP FOR AN­NUAL MEET­ING

Al­berta Party in­terim leader Greg Clark is keep­ing mum on who will run for party lead­er­ship, telling re­porters Tues­day he hasn’t de­cided whether he’ll be among the con­tenders.

Clark an­nounced he was step­ping down as leader Fri­day and said the move is an at­tempt to build the party. The Cal­gary-El­bow MLA said he will keep his seat and plans to run again in the provin­cial elec­tion ex­pected in 2019.

The party will hold its AGM Satur­day in Red Deer.

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