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Alberta’s Premier Decides to Stay on Until Party Picks Successor

Jason Kenney speaks at the 2022 CERAWeek by S&P Global conference in Houston on March 8.
Jason Kenney speaks at the 2022 CERAWeek by S&P Global conference in Houston on March 8.Photographer: F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will continue to govern Canada’s oil heartland until his party chooses a new leader, despite his decision to quit after a rebellion over Covid-19 restrictions.

Kenney declared his intention to stay put in a letter to the secretary of Alberta’s United Conservative Party he posted to Twitter on Thursday evening. A day earlier, he announced he was stepping down after receiving just 51% support in a leadership review.