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Wednesday , 6 July 2022

Premier Kenney steps down following leadership vote

Premier Jason Kenney announced he has resigned as UCP leader following narrowly receiving the majority of votes in his party confidence vote.

Kenney’s leadership review voting results were released Wednesday evening and he received 51.4 per cent in favour. Roughly 34,000 votes were cast.

Despite this, Kenney decided to step down.

“It’s clear that the past two years were deeply divisive for our province, our party and our caucus, but it is my fervent hope that in the months to come we all move on past the division of COVID,” Kenney said in his address after the results were announced.

Party rules say the UCP caucus is required to name an interim leader “at the earliest possible opportunity.” The next caucus meeting is scheduled for Thursday in Calgary.

More to follow.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.