Jason Kenney is leaving his post in the federal government to pursue a bid for leader of the Alberta PC Party.
In a Tweet posted Tuesday afternoon, Kenney released a picture of his resignation letter to the Speaker of the House with a message that read, “Just handed this resignation letter to Mr. Speaker. No going back now, #UniteAlberta”.
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) September 20, 2016
On Sunday, Kenney hinted that this trip to Ottawa would be his last.
Boarding my last flight to Ottawa after almost two decades as a Member of Parliament, & something like 2400 flights. pic.twitter.com/SNGBqvT9tX
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) September 19, 2016
Kenney has been campaigning to unite the right in Alberta since mid-summer with intentions of running as the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. Ric McIver is currently serving as interim leader of the party since former premier Jim Prentice vacated his seat when the PCs lost the Spring 2015 election to the Alberta NDP.
The PC leadership election is to begin on October 1 with a leader officially selected by March 18, 2017. (djs)