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Seven candidates will gather tonight in Medicine Hat, as the United Conservative Party hosts its first leadership debate to replace Premier Jason Kenney, who is stepping down following a narrow victory in a recent leadership review.
Tensions mounted within the party over Alberta's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with many in the UCP feeling the premier should have taken a stronger stance against vaccine mandates and lockdowns.
In response to the growing division among its ranks, the UCP held a leadership review which saw Kenney capture 51.4% of the vote. Citing the number as inadequate to continue leading the party, and the province, Kenney stepped down.
Now, seven candidates are vying to replace Kenney, including:
- Leela Aheer
- Brian Jean
- Todd Loewen
- Rajan Sawhney
- Rebecca Schulz
- Danielle Smith
- Travis Toews
Tune in for Rebel News' live coverage of the first official debate tonight, and follow along with all of our coverage of the UCP leadership race at UCPLeadership.com.