Jason Kenney, the Conservative MP for the riding of Calgary-Midnapore, announced on Wednesday that that he will seek the leadership of the Alberta PC Party. He aims to unite the Wildrose Party with the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta and stop the NDP from winning a second term here. “It’s time to Unite Alberta and bring back the Alberta Advantage. Are you with me?” tweeted Kenney.
Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Official Opposition and interim Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada released a statement following Kenney’s announcement saying: “As Jason embarks on this new challenge, I know he has the best interests of Albertans in his heart. Jason is a steadfast defender of conservative principles, a proud Albertan, a tireless campaigner and a fighter for ordinary Canadians from all walks of life. More than that, he is a trusted friend and a valued member of the federal Conservative caucus and team. On behalf of all federal Conservatives, I wish him – and all Alberta conservatives – nothing but the best in the days ahead. I encourage all conservatives to work together to forge a united path to victory.”
However many party members feel that Kenney is not the right fit.
The PCs have been without a leader since Jim Prentice resigned following the last election. The party is expected to choose a new leader on March 18, 2017.
It’s unclear whether or not Kenney will give up his MP position for his leadership run. – CINEWS