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BR Byelection Calgary Lougheed – CP

by pmnationtalk on December 14, 201723 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Dec 14, 2017 6:52

CALGARY – Former federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney will be seeking a seat in the Alberta legislature today.

The seat in the southwest riding of Calgary Lougheed came open after the current MLA stepped aside to make room for a legislative run for Kenney, who became leader of the newly merged United Conservative Party in late October.

Kenney, the leader and architect of the United Conservative Party _ a merger of the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties _is anxious to gain a seat in the legislature so he can go head-to-head with NDP Premier Rachel Notley before the 2019 provincial election.

He is one of seven candidates in the constituency that has traditionally voted Conservative.

Lori Williams, a political scientist at Mount Royal University, says Kenney will likely win in a landslide but he needs to win convincingly.

She says even if it’s close it will hurt Kenney’s claims that Alberta is a conservative province who were hoodwinked into electing the NDP in 2015.

(The Canadian Press)

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