Kenney remains as leader, media invited to watch firm deliver standing ovation

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has said he will retain the top job to maintain continuity and stability in government until a new leader of the United Conservative Party is chosen. .

Kenney says it’s important to stay focused on public priorities, including reducing wait times in the health care system and growing the economy.

He made the comments to reporters who were invited to watch, photograph and film ministers in his cabinet giving him a standing ovation before their meeting began at the McDougall Center in Calgary.

He says the media opportunity was organized to demonstrate that his government remains at work, focused on public priorities.

Kenney has not answered questions and hasn’t since announcing earlier this week that he was stepping down as party leader after receiving just 51 per cent support in a review of the party leadership.

The party has not provided any leadership contest details or timelines, and party rules do not prohibit Kenney from running.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 20, 2022

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