December byelection to determine if Jason Kenney sits in Alberta legislature

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Byelection called for Calgary-Lougheed as Jason Kenney tries for seat in legislature
WATCH ABOVE: Premier Rachel Notley has called for a byelection in Calgary-Lougheed and while its only one riding, the people and issues at play will likely serve as a preview of what's to come in the 2019 election. Fletcher Kent reports – Nov 16, 2017

United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney is getting his chance to gain a seat in the Alberta legislature.

Premier Rachel Notley called a byelection Thursday in the constituency of Calgary-Lougheed for Dec. 14.

The riding has been vacant since Nov. 1 when United Conservative member of the legislature Dave Rodney resigned to give Kenney a chance to win a seat.

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READ MORE: Alberta MLA Rodney says giving up seat for Kenney was his idea

Earlier this week, Kenney was acclaimed as his party’s candidate in the constituency.

Kenney is a former federal Conservative cabinet minister who successfully merged Alberta’s Wildrose and Progressive Conservatives this year.

READ MORE: Jason Kenney wins United Conservative Party leadership

He won a vote last month to become leader of the new party.

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Calgary doctor Phillip van der Merwe is the sole candidate for the NDP nomination and is expected to be acclaimed this weekend.

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