Alberta Premier Jason Kenney faces call from senior caucus backbencher to resign

Alberta UCP caucus chair Todd Loewen quits position, says the UCP is "dysfunctional" and calls on Premier Jason Kenney to resign. Loewen is part of the UCP's anti-lockdown group.

EDMONTON — A senior member of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservative caucus is calling on him to resign, saying he no longer has confidence in Kenney’s leadership.

Todd Loewen, in an open letter earlier posted earlier on his Facebook page, says he is also resigning as chair of Kenney's United Conservative caucus in order to freely speak his mind.

Loewen says unity within the party is falling apart, adding Kenney needs to step down in order to repair the break and allow the province to move forward.

The member for Central Peace-Notley accuses Kenney of not listening to caucus members, of being weak in his dealings with the federal government, and of failing on large issues such as going to war with doctors over pay and work conditions.

And he says Kenney’s government is sending out confusing, contradictory, and needlessly inflammatory messaging, causing people to lose trust.

Loewen is one of 18 United Conservative backbench members to recently break with Kenney’s government over health-care restrictions aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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