Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said Wednesday he’s willing to discuss a conservative merger, hours after MP Jason Kenney announced he’d run for the Alberta PC leadership in a bid to unite the two parties.
“If the PCs want to participate in consolidating the conservatives . . . then I think they have to choose that leader,” Jean said, speaking at the Wildrose’s annual pre-Stampede barbecue in Calgary.
“If they choose that leader that they believe will do that, let’s talk.”
Kenney, a conservative heavyweight who held several positions in former prime minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet, officially launched his bid for the PC leadership in Calgary Wednesday.
The Calgary-Midnapore MP was long thought to be Harper’s successor as leader of the federal Conservatives. However, he announced Wednesday that he aims to lead a united conservative party to victory over the NDP in the next provincial election.