Alberta Prime Minister Jason Kenny continues until a new UCP leader is elected

Alberta Prime Minister Jason Kenny will remain in office until a new leader is elected to take command of the US Conservative Party (UCP).

The day after Kenny announced his resignation, the UCP caucuses met on May 19 and agreed that the prime minister should continue to work until the leadership race could choose to replace him.

“Today, the United Conservative Caucus had lively discussions and debates about the future of our party and government,” Nathan of the UCP Caucus in a press release after the all-day meeting at the McDagal Center in Calgary. Chair Nodolf said.

“We have confirmed that Prime Minister Jason Kenny will continue to lead the caucuses and government until a new leader is elected. The timing will be determined by the US Conservative Party.”

Kenny didn’t make a statement or talk to reporters, Post A letter on Twitter he addressed to the party secretary Janice NetHe said he would resign “when a new leader was elected.”

Kenny publication His departure on the night of May 18 after receiving 51.4 percent of support in a leadership review by party members. Technically, the total was enough for him to continue working, but the Prime Minister said his mission was not strong enough.

“51% of the votes are above the constitutional standards of the majority, but continuing as a leader is clearly not enough support,” Kenny said in a speech in Calgary after the results were announced.

“Sorry, my friends, I sincerely believe that we need to move forward in unity. We need to put the past behind us and our members. Many members, We have sought an opportunity to clear the air through leader elections. ”

“We have internal differences, but as conservatives we need to remember the common values ​​that unite us,” he added.

There is growing public dissatisfaction with Kenny’s caucuses and his leadership and COVID-19 policy by some of the parties.

To alleviate growing dissatisfaction, Kenny agreed a few months ago to raise the leadership vote scheduled for April 9th ​​from the coming fall.

Brian JeanWho won Fort McMurray-Luckla Bish In the March Siirt, he said the “healing process” could only begin when the prime minister resigned.

“He knows that. We know it and we need to start the UCP update process,” Jean told The Canadian Press on May 19.

Former Wild Rose party leader Daniel Smith, who recently announced a bid to replace Kenny, said he had no objection to Kenny remaining prime minister until a new leader was elected.

Canadian Press contributed to this report

Isaac Theo


Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.