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‘We made history’: Alberta premier-designate tells UCP caucus

EDMONTON – Premier-designate Jason Kenney addressed the United Conservative (UCP) caucus at the Federal Building in Edmonton Friday morning.

“I’m so excited to be with you as we begin the important work that has been entrusted to us in Alberta,” said Kenney. “We made history together.”

The UCP won a landslide majority winning 63 seats with the NDP taking 24 seats. The NDP is the official opposition. The UCP garnered more votes than any other party in Alberta’s electoral history and this election prompted the highest voter turnout since 1935, said Kenney.

According to Elections Alberta the unofficial voter turnout was 71.1 per cent based on 1,880,508 votes cast and 2,643,453 registered electors.  The unofficial results were released April 19 and the official results will be released April 26.

Kenney referred to the lack of UCP representation in Edmonton and pressed his caucus to make inroads. Edmonton only elected one UCP MLA.

“We received a mandate from 55 per cent of the electorate and we deliver on that mandate,” said Kenney and added, “We must be a government for all Albertans. We must be seen to act in good faith, and with integrity. We must be willing to listen to the voices of others.”

Premier-designate Kenney and his cabinet will be sworn in on April 30. A legislative session will start the third week of May.

Albertans hired us to do a job,” said Kenney referring to the economy’s economic decline. “I’m so excited to be with you as we begin the important work that has been entrusted to us in Alberta.”

-reporter@albertapressleader.ca

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