It’s a move political watchers knew was coming and it was made official on Tuesday.
Calgary Midnapore MP Jason Kenney tweeted that he has submitted his letter of resignation to the Speaker of the House of Commons and that Friday would be his last day on Parliament Hill.
Kenney is campaigning to become the new leader of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative party.
Ric McIver is serving as the party’s interim leader but the permanent job has been left vacant ever since former Alberta premier Jim Prentice resigned after leading the party to a disastrous electoral loss in 2015.
Kenney’s ‘UniteAlberta’ hashtag was a clear reference for his controversial goal of merging the PCs with the more conservative Wildrose party, which currently forms the opposition at the Alberta Legislature.