Nixon backs Kenney, Nash endorses Jean for UPC leadership

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
September 13, 2017 - 1:06pm Updated: September 13, 2017 - 2:24pm

Two prominent local politicians are split when it comes to who they are supporting for the United Conservative Party (UCP) leadership.

UCP MLA for Rimbey – Rocky Mountain House – Sundre, Jason Nixon announced Wednesday morning he is endorsing Jason Kenney’s leadership bid.

“The stakes in this first UCP leadership are extremely high, I am confident we are picking the next Premier of Alberta. Jason is the only one with the experience and leadership to get to work on Day One to undo the NDP's disastrous economic agenda,” Nixon said in a Kenney campaign media release.

“Jason has been taking on the federal Liberals in Ottawa for decades, going toe-to-toe with Stephane Dion in his efforts carbon tax efforts, and against Justin Trudeau when he was Jason’s critic for Immigration. I have no doubt Jason is the right man for the job,” he added.

Nixon explained why he's not supporting Brian Jean, in the leadership contest, even though he served as party whip during Jean's time as Wildrose party leader. 

"I’m disappointed to see Brian Jean waver on important conservative issues like Bill 6, the NDP’s job-killing carbon tax, and curriculum reform. I know that Jason will do the right thing even when it’s not popular with the elites or the media."

Meantime, Rocky Mountain House Mayor Fred Nash says he is supporting Brian Jean for the UCP leadership, saying in a Jean campaign release, "We need Brian and we need people to band together to get this done. Let's get this province back on the right track."

A new leader for the United Conservative Party will be announced on Oct. 28. Nathan Cooper, MLA for Olds – Didsbury – Three Hills, is serving as Interim Leader.

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