Kenney wins United Conservative leadership
CALGARY (CP) — Alberta’s newly annointed conservative leader is wasting little time in pursuing his desire to go head-to-head with NDP Premier Rachel Notley.
Less than 24 hours after winning 61 per cent of the vote in the fledgling United Conservative Party leadership —former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney already has a Calgary riding in which he can try to get a seat in the legislature.
Dave Rodney, the longtime member for Calgary Lougheed, announced he would be stepping down this week to make room for the Kenney. Rodney was the last member who served in former Premier Ralph Klein’s government.
Kenney told a news conference on Sunday that it’s his responsibility to try to contest a byelection.
“There is a constitutional responsibility for the opposition to be prepared to be an alternative government and the leader needs to be there,” Kenney said at a Sunday afternoon news conference.
United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney speaks to reporters the day after being elected the first official leader of the new party in Calgary, Altberta on Sunday.