Ken­ney wins United Con­ser­va­tive lead­er­ship

The Daily Courier - - CANADA -

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.

The Cana­dian Press

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.

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