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Alberta Premier’s Sudden Exit Jolts Canadian Conservatives

  • Kenney’s resignation comes during national leadership race
  • Some Tories are seeking to channel anti-establishment outrage
Jason Kenney speaks at a Calgary news conference in April 2019.
Jason Kenney speaks at a Calgary news conference in April 2019.Photographer: Todd Korol/Bloomberg

The resignation of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is rippling across Canada’s conservative movement, as the national Conservative Party weighs who’s the best choice to challenge Justin Trudeau for prime minister.

Kenney quit the top job in the Canadian province Wednesday night after getting just 51.4% support in a party vote on his leadership. Some see his downfall as proof of the extraordinary difficulty of governing during the pandemic -- particularly in a province where opposition to lockdowns, vaccine mandates and public-health restrictions runs high.