On Tuesday, voters in the riding of Fort McMurray–Lac La Biche elected Brian Jean as their next MLA, the latest development in a political drama that could cost Premier Jason Kenney his leadership.
Running as a United Conservative Party candidate, Jean was always the heavy favourite to win the seat. But this is not necessarily a win for the governing United Conservatives, as Jean was — like all other candidates on the ballot — opposed to Jason Kenney’s government.
Kenney’s rival for the UCP leadership in 2017, Jean is pushing for the UCP membership to vote out Kenney at a leadership review in Red Deer on April 9. The stakes couldn’t be higher for the future of Kenney and the UCP.
To break down all the latest in this story, I’m joined this week by Elise von Scheel, the CBC’s politics reporter in Calgary. (Elise also produced and appeared with me on The Pollcast podcast back in the day.)
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