Jason Kenney was elected leader of the United Conservative Party (UCP) on Saturday, October 28, and Albertans have been having… mixed reactions.
Over 63,000 members of the UCP registered and 94% of those eligible cast a vote between October 26 and October 28 to name the new leader, and Kenney came out ahead with 61.1% of the vote, according to the UCP website.
Kenney beat out runner-up Brian Jean and competitor Doug Schweitzer by a wide margin, with Jean taking 31.5% of the vote, and Schweitzer just 7.3%.
In a news conference on Sunday afternoon, The new UCP leader announced that he would be running for MLA of Calgary-Lougheed, as the current MLA, Dave Rodney, stepped down to allow Kenney to run.
Kenney’s victory has garnered a wide spectrum of responses on social media, with everything from congratulations to accusations being aimed at the new UCP leader.
— Alberta UCP (@Alberta_UCP) October 28, 2017
— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) October 28, 2017
Jason Kenney has never lost an election where his name has been on the ballot. Ever. Most successful politician in modern Canadian history.
— Kaz Nejatian (@CanadaKaz) October 28, 2017
Congrats @jkenney. I regrets that I’ll not have the chance to stand w/ u as Premiers defending the west. Albertans chose a fighter tonight
— Brad Wall (@PremierBradWall) October 29, 2017
Jason Kenney won 61% of the vote. What the hell is wrong with this province? Have we learned NOTHING from Donald Trump??
— Amy Park (@AmyPark24) October 30, 2017
@jkenney The song “Final Countdown” keeps playing over & over in my head over images of the NDP logo since it was announced you as leader.
— Roger Marion (@rjamarion) October 30, 2017
Congratulations to @jkenney for his win Saturday.
— ACA (@ACA_social) October 30, 2017
Great to see Jason Kenney get the win hopefully he can get elected and get Alberta back on track
— The P1 Ryan Jessome (@ryanjessome) October 30, 2017
— Mike McDaniel (@MikeMcD76) October 30, 2017
And, of course, there is this video of comedian Lewis Black telling Kenney to “fuck off” at the urging of an audience member last month.