Ken­ney sworn in as new Al­berta Op­po­si­tion leader


Al­berta’s new Op­po­si­tion leader has of­fi­cially been sworn in dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture.

Ja­son Ken­ney, leader of the United Con­ser­va­tive Party, won a by­elec­tion last month to be­come the leg­is­la­ture mem­ber for the con­stituency of Cal­gary Lougheed.

The seat be­came avail­able when United Con­ser­va­tive MLA Dave Rod­ney stepped down to al­low Ken­ney to run.

Ken­ney, a for­mer fed­eral cab­i­net min­is­ter, won the lead­er­ship of Al­berta’s Pro­gres­sive Conservatives in early 2017.

He suc­cess­fully ar­ranged a merger with the Op­po­si­tion Wil­drose and then beat its leader, Brian Jean, to be­come head of the new party.

Ken­ney will take his seat in the leg­is­la­ture when the spring sit­ting be­gins on March 8.

“In a few weeks time, when I take my seat and my place, it will be to act as leader of (the of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion) and I hope ... to do so in a con­struc­tive fash­ion,” he said at the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony Mon­day.

Af­ter­wards, Ken­ney gave a stump-style speech to his sup­port­ers at a down­town Ed­mon­ton ho­tel. He crit­i­cized the fed­eral car­bon tax, pledged to work hard for “com­mon­sense so­lu­tions” and com­mit­ted to raise the bar on dis­course in the leg­is­la­ture.

Ken­ney left with­out tak­ing ques­tions from the media.

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