Alberta PC leadership hopeful Jason Kenney says he’s confident disillusioned NDP supporters will get behind his campaign.
The former federal cabinet minister from Calgary is running for the Progressive Conservatives on a platform that would require talks to begin on a merger with the Wildrose Party.
Kenney, who opened his Calgary office Monday, told supporters he wants a big-tent political party that includes those who voted for the NDP in the last election.
“I’ve met NDP union members who say they didn’t vote for the carbon tax, and they didn’t vote to shut down the coal industry, they didn’t vote for $45 billion in debt, so I absolutely believe if we put together one big broad new party, we’re going to get a lot of traditional NDP voters supporting it.”
He also says he is confident that if he wins the P-C leadership, the Wildrose will agree to sit down and iron out the two parties’ differences.
Kenney also commented on a negative tweet from the weekend, featuring Premier Rachel Notley’s face sitting inside the crosshairs of a scope. He says it’s deplorable and that the tweet came from an attention-seeking loser. He says Twitter should be blocking people who may a hint or a threat of violence.
The offensive tweet has since been taken down and the man who posted it has apologized, saying he meant no harm.