Kenney pitches two-phase plan to unite Alberta's right

After winning leadership of Alberta's PC Party, Kenney would run in a second leadership contest in a newly formed party

EDMONTON – MP Jason Kenney says his plan for a united right in Alberta includes a new party that would hold a leadership race before the next provincial election.

Kenney made it clear at a news conference in Edmonton that he isn’t interested in the Progressive Conservatives or the Opposition Wildrose taking each other over.

His idea is that each party would hold a referendum on whether to approve the union before a new party was formed.

Kenney announced on Wednesday that he will seek the leadership of the Alberta Tories with the intent of bringing together small-c conservatives to defeat the NDP government.

The former Conservative cabinet minister says he would also let his name stand in any race to pick a leader for a newly formed party.

Kenney says he’ll give up his federal seat on Oct. 1 — the day the Tory leadership race officially begins.

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