- Several MLAs wanted to elect an interim leader instantly.
- Alberta Premier Jason Kenney declared his intention to step down as the United Conservative Party leader Wednesday evening following the United Conservative Party leadership review in Calgary.
- Kenney got 51.4 percent approval from the party in a leadership vote.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will stay at the helm of the United Conservative Party till a new leader is elected, the UCP caucus said on Thursday.
“We have confirmed Premier Jason Kenney’s continued leadership of our caucus and government until a new leader is chosen, which will be determined by the United Conservative Party,” caucus chair Nathan Neudorf said in a report released late Thursday afternoon.
Neudorf’s statement arrives after UCP MLAs met in Calgary’s McDougall Centre for most of the day to discuss the party’s future and the regional government.
Neudorf’s report said MLAs had a “lively discussion and debate” about the party’s future and decided to “stay united” and focus on the work Albertans elected them to do.
On Wednesday evening, Kenney said he’d requested the party to ask for a leadership race after earning a sliver almost a majority of votes in a party leadership review.
Kenney also tweeted a replica of a letter he said he sent Thursday to the party’s secretary, signaling his intent to resign once the party selects a new leader. It’s unclear as of yet when that could be.
On their way into the meeting Thursday, some MLAs who have once called for Kenney’s resignation said the caucus should instantly appoint an interim leader and premier.
“The healing process can’t begin till Jason Kenney leaves,” stated Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche MLA Brian Jean, who is gunning to become the party’s permanent new leader. “He knows that. We know that. And we ought to begin the renewal cycle of the UCP.”
Source – cbc.ca