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“Today we have chosen the future. Today we have chosen hope. Today we have chosen unity. Today, It’s springtime in Alberta,” Kenney said to loud cheers from the crowd of 2,000 at the Telus Convention Centre in downtown Calgary.
Kenney ran on a platform to unite Alberta conservatives by dissolving the PCs and creating a single right-wing party combined with Wildrose. Starke and Nelson wanted the party to continue under the PC banner.
In his acceptance speech, Kenney assured party members who didn’t vote for his unity agenda, that he wanted to hear what they wanted to see in the new party.
“Please ensure that today we begin uniting the Progressive Conservative party so that we can reunite the broader Alberta conservative movement,” he said. “We need all of you.”
“We’re going to shut down the air conditioners in the legislature to focus people’s attention and reduce our carbon footprint and we are going to work hard to repeal each element of the disastrous NDP legislative and regulatory record.”
“Our Wildrose team has actively been meeting with our grassroots to get feedback on the direction forward for our party and that work will continue,” Jean said in a news release issued moments after Kenney’s victory was announced.
“I hope to meet with Jason on Monday and share with him more about the direction I have heard from our members.”
?In January, Jean said he would be willing to step aside as Wildrose leader to seek the leadership of a new united conservative party to run against the NDP in 2019.