CALGARY—Former federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney has won a seat in the Alberta legislature with over 70% of the vote.
The leader of the United Conservative Party is the victor of a byelection in Calgary Lougheed, easily beating out six other candidates, including provincial Liberal Leader David Khan.
Kenney was the driving force behind the merger of Alberta’s two centre-right parties, the Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrose.
The win means he can go head to head with NDP Premier Rachel Notley in the legislature before the 2019 provincial election.
The byelection was called after Dave Rodney, a member of the United Conservatives, stepped aside to make room for a run by Kenney.
With files from The Canadian Press