It’s official – Jason Kenney is the first ever leader of the newly formed United Conservative Party.
The UCP leadership election took place last night with Fort McMurray-Conklin MLA Brian Jean, lawyer Doug Schweitzer and Kenney – the former PC leader, all vying for the job.
The party formed back in July after members of the Progressive Conservatives and Wildrose parties agreed to combine their efforts.
There was some concern heading into the election for a couple of the candidates – as they asked for it to be postponed after some voters had issues with their voter PIN.
The party elected not to delay the vote when Jean and Schweitzer suggested that voter fraud might have taken place.
Kenney took 61.1 per cent of the vote – while Jean took up 31.5 and Schweitzer racked up 7.3.
Kenney now becomes leader of the UCP’s with the possibility he becomes Alberta’s next premier by 2019.