The fallout from the Jason Kenney leadership review and subsequent Kenney resignation has been felt in a number of ways. That is according to Political Science Professor Dr. Duane Bratt who teaches at Mount Royal University. Bratt presented at SACPA on Thursday and said Premier Kenney dug his own grave during the pandemic which led to a lot of supporters losing trust in him as a leader and the issues with Aloha-gate after ministers within the Kenney government took trips abroad while Albertans stayed home due to lockdowns.
“First he was defiant saying I take responsibility, but we did nothing wrong. The rules were confusing. Then there was such a public backlash that the government had to apologize. But, he didn’t apologize. He sent Ric McIver and Tyler Shandro out to apologize. The lack of empathy during covid and the lack of acknowledgement that over 4300 Albertans are dead, and his failure to ever admit error or apologize. I think that is party of the leadership issue that people had with Kenney.”
Elections Alberta says Brian Jean, Danielle Smith, Todd Loewen and Travis Toews have filed the official paperwork to run for the leadership of the UCP. The party announced that Jason Nixon is the new Minister of Finance taking over from Travis Toews who stepped down to seek the party’s leadership.