Alberta PC leadership candidate Jason Kenney says “vague rules” and a lack of clarification from the party are to blame following complaints his campaign violated the PCAA’s leadership regulations.
The Kenney campaign expressed disappointment in an email, but said it will comply with the party’s $5,000 fine, as well a second delegate selection meeting in the riding of Edmonton-Ellerslie.
“Our campaign has sought at all times to comply with the rules laid out for the leadership election,” the statement read.
Two complaints were filed after Kenney was seen on site at a election meeting for the Edmonton-Ellerslie constituency last Wednesday. His campaign team also had rented and operated a hospitality room on site.
Kenney was asked to leave the meeting by party president Katherine O’Neill as leadership rules forbid any candidate from being in or near a selection meeting.
In an email, the campaign said the suite was rented by those ‘running to support the Unite Alberta campaign’ and that Kenney intended only to drop by and had not planned to attend the delegate selection meeting.
“Those rules that we put together were intended, not just to hit the bar, but to exceed the bar of expectations of what people wanted to see from us when we had a leadership race,” O’Neill said. “That’s why we take them very seriously.”
All 15 delegates elected at the meeting were Kenney supporters.
The Kenney campaign said it regrets grassroots members will have to vote a second time, but remains “confident that the democratic will of the members will be expressed with the same clarity.”