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Kenney leadership in question as UCP annual general meeting set to begin in Calgary

Last Updated Nov 19, 2021 at 2:14 am MST

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney prepares to give a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

CALGARY — The United Conservative Party’s annual general meeting is set to begin later today as Premier Jason Kenney deals with rising discontent in his caucus, party and from Albertans.

Kenney is expected to deliver a keynote address tomorrow and party members are scheduled to debate and vote on a series of motions throughout the weekend.

Twenty-two UCP constituency associations are demanding a leadership review of Kenney in the next three months — and they represent the required 25 per cent of boards in support.

Members are expected to vote at the meeting on a contentious motion to increase that threshold to 29 associations.

Political scientists from Calgary’s Mount Royal University say they expect the event to stray from team-building activities and policy discussions into a debate on Kenney’s leadership.

Socializing events, youth-focused meetings, a government bear pit session and a fiscal policy forum are also scheduled.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 19, 2021.

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