UCP backbenchers call on Jason Kenney to quit after leadership review format changed

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Peter Guthrie and Jason Stephan say the party’s late decision to use mail-in ballots was designed to ensure Kenney wins a vote he was destined to lose

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EDMONTON — Two of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s backbenchers have broken ranks, calling the new United Conservative Party leadership review a sham and saying it’s time the first Minister Jason Kenney resigns.

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Peter Guthrie and Jason Stephan say the late party changes were meant to ensure Kenney won a vote he was destined to lose.

Guthrie, the MP for Airdrie-Cochrane, says the decision “stinks of desperation” and that it’s time to immediately organize a leadership contest and find someone else to take the helm.

Stephan, the MP for Red Deer South, says the change shows Kenney is leading through fear, division and demonization and that the premier has lost the trust and respect of Albertans.

About 15,000 members were expected to gather in Red Deer on April 9 to raise or lower their thumbs on Kenney’s leadership, with less majority support for Kenney leading to a leadership race.

But the party canceled the meeting this week and replaced it with a mail-in ballot, which critics say makes it easier for Kenney to win and increases opportunities for voter fraud.

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