Calgary Sun: Wildrose leader Brian Jean said if PCs choose Jason Kenney as new leader, he's open to talk about uniting the right

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.