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Jason Kenney, Alberta's Premier-Designate

April 17, 2019

Jason Kenney will become Alberta's 18th Premier.

Voters have shown the desire for the UCP to drive the province. The blue party will end the oil-producing province’s short stint with the NDP.

The UCP’s victory marks the end to a month long campaign in Alberta, fuelled by Kenney's three-year goal of uniting Alberta through political right. It also marks the end to a four-year stint as an NDP-led province.

Alberta's newest Premier is not a political rookie. A former federal cabinet minister, Kenney joined the ranks of provincial politics with conservative unity in mind. He left his Ottawa seat in 2016 to unite the conservatives, and tonight shows the progress they've made since the United Conservatives formed by merging of the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties.

With a new premier, citizens will now wait to see the follow through from the UCP's rigorous campaign. Voters anticipate they "scrap the carbon tax, create good jobs, fight without relent to get pipelines built, and stand up to Justin Trudeau and those who are holding us back." 

Their goal of reviving the Alberta economy aims to stabilize the shakiness since the price of oil collapsed, before Rachel Notley's victory in 2015.

The rate of engagement for Albertan voters was high this year, and Kenney's win is the fifth change of government in the history of the province.