January 29, 2018 12:39 pm
Updated: January 29, 2018 7:46 pm

Alberta’s new Opposition leader Jason Kenney sworn in at legislature

United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney speaks after being sworn in as MLA for Calgary-Lougheed, in Edmonton on Monday January 29, 2018.

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Alberta’s new Opposition leader has officially been sworn in during a ceremony at the provincial legislature.

Jason Kenney, leader of the United Conservative Party, won a byelection last month to become the legislature member for the constituency of Calgary Lougheed.

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The seat became available when UCP member Dave Rodney stepped down to allow Kenney to run.

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Kenney, a former federal cabinet minister, won the leadership of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives in early 2017.

He successfully arranged a merger with the Wildrose Opposition and then beat its leader, Brian Jean, to become head of the new party.

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Kenney will take his seat in the legislature when the spring sitting begins on March 8.

United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenny is sworn in as MLA for Calgary-Lougheed, in Edmonton on Monday January 29, 2018.

Jason Franson, The Canadian Press

“In a few weeks time, when I take my seat and my place, it will be to act as leader of (the official Opposition) and I hope … to do so in a constructive fashion,” he said at the swearing-in ceremony Monday.

Afterwards, Kenney gave a stump-style speech to his supporters at a downtown Edmonton hotel. He criticized the federal carbon tax, pledged to work hard for “common-sense solutions” and committed to raise the bar on discourse in the legislature.

Kenney left without taking questions from the media.

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