The Alberta PC leadership candidates, left to right, are Byron Nelson, Stephan Khan, Jason Kenney and Richard Starke.

Kenney campaigning in Red Deer on weekend

Leadership convention takes place in March

Jason Kenney, one of four people running for leadership of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, will be in Red Deer on Saturday.

Kenney is running his campaign with a focus on uniting the PC and Wildrose parties in order to defeat the governing New Democratic Party in the next election, which is in 2019.

Six candidates were originally in the running for the PC leadership — Richard Starke, Stephan Khan, Byron Nelson, Sandra Jansen, Donna Kennedy-Glans, and Kenney.

However the two women, Jansen and Kennedy-Glans, dropped out after a contentious general meeting and candidate forum meeting held in Red Deer in November. Jansen said she was being intimidated and harassed and the last straw was the candidate forum in Red Deer.

Jansen, a Calgary MLA, subsequently crossed the floor to join the NDP.

Kennedy-Glans, a former MLA, said there was a limited opportunity for centrist voices to be heard within the party.

The party’s leadership convention is March 17 and 18 in Calgary.

The meet and greet meeting with Kenney on Saturday will be at the Radison Hotel at 6500 67th St. from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

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