Now that Jason Kenney has won the PC leadership, he’s focused on uniting the right.
Meantime Greg Clark, leader of the Alberta Party is reaching out to those who are not pleased with Kenney’s win.
In an interview with NewsTalk 770 Sunday morning, Clark said he understands the frustrations of people who are not in favor of a merger.
“Firstly, I’m thinking of people who’ve worked for decades in some cases to build a party they are proud of and they have been abandoned I think by that party.”
Clark also noted that memberships for the Alberta Party have gone up in the last few months.
“We’ve seen our membership numbers certainly go up, not just in the last day, but certainly over the course of the last couple of months” said Clark. “A lot of people do really want to join a party that they can be proud of. A party that understands that we can defend minority rights and balance a budget.”
Kenney has been met with some backlash on social media after his win, specifically from the LGBTQ community.
Clark said there has been some views expressed in the past by the right which has the community worried about minority rights.
“There are certain viewpoints that are not welcome in the Alberta Party. If you want to roll back LGBTQ rights, if you want to roll back women’s reproductive rights, you’re not welcome in the Alberta Party. You’re entitled to those views, you’re entitled to have them somewhere else” he said. “Jason Kenney at the very, very least will tolerate those views and I think there is real clear evidence that he will embrace people who want to roll back minority rights. That is not my Alberta, that is not twenty-first century Alberta and that’s why he’s seeing that reaction.”
Dr. Kristopher Wells, faculty director at the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and assistant professor at the University of Alberta said people should be concerned.
Can't help but feel like we took a few steps back tonight. If you support LGTBQ and women's rights, we got a fight ahead of us. I'm ready.— Mike Morrison (@mikesbloggity) March 19, 2017