The results of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party leadership vote are in and it comes as no surprise that Jason Kenney won that contest with 75.4 per cent of the vote and a mandate to unite the right.
Out of the 1,476 ballots cast, he won 1,113 votes while PC MLA Richard Starke took 323 and Calgary lawyer Byron Nelson ended up with 40.
A crowd of almost 2,000 were at the event and included politicians from both the Wildrose and Progressive Conservatives along with some CPC MP’s and I really wanted to know what attendees were thinking and whether they thought the results reflected support for Jason Kenney the politician, or Kenney’s mandate to unite the right.
Also, did the people in attendance think this result would bode well for the future of conservatism in the province and do they think the parties can unite before the next election in 2019?
A Mainstreet poll came out last week which seems to show that while Albertans have decided they want to unite, they’re undecided about who they want as their Premier. The results show Brian Jean in the lead, Kenney in last place, while a third candidate sits in the middle.
A mixed reaction to this poll from attendees makes me think it’s going to be difficult for conservatives to unite.
There are many, mostly progressive-leaning members of the PC party, that are bitter about the dismantling of the party as well as some diehard Wildrose members that will also have a hard time letting go of their party.
But after Jason Kenney’s decisive win, it looks like we’ve jumped the first major hurdle.