Alberta’s new Opposition leader Jason Kenney sworn in at legislature
Alberta’s new Opposition leader has officially been sworn in during a ceremony at the provincial legislature.
The seat became available when UCP member Dave Rodney stepped down to allow Kenney to run.
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.
Kenney will take his seat in the legislature when the spring sitting begins on March 8.
“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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