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The United Conservative Party (UCP) had an overwhelming victory in Alberta’s Tuesday election, which focused on building a pipeline to sell the province’s oil.
Premier-elect Jason Kenney was a high-profile defense minister in the former federal Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Kenney entered provincial politics after resigning from his position as a Member of Parliament in 2016.
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He later won the leadership of the now-defunct Progressive Conservative Party, forged it with the Wildrose Party in a “unite-the-right” calculation and then won the leadership of the UCP.
The new conservative force in Alberta politics has won 63 of the province’s 87 seats in the provincial legislature, the National Post reports. Kenney will replace Rachel Notley, who has led a quasi-socialist New Democratic Party (NDP) government for the past four years, as premier.
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The NDP victory was a culture shock in Canada’s most conservative-leaning province that in many ways has modeled its oil economy, beef economy and politics on Texas.
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