As Alberta readies itself for a bitterly fought election next year, United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney sat down for a live interview with Maclean’s senior writer Paul Wells at the recently renovated National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Watch a replay of their conversation right here, or catch it on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube. Our liveblog below tracked all the highlights. Also! Sign up for our daily politics newsletter, a morning must-read in the nation’s capital.
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Why are we doing this, anyway?
Jason Kenney has had a whirlwind political run. He quit federal politics and embarked on a mission to unite Alberta’s warring conservative parties in a bid to unseat the governing NDP. He pulled off the party merger and then convinced the new party’s members to make him their leader. Now he’s on to the next part of his quest: win over the province’s pragmatic middle just as he recommits to the party’s social conservative grassroots—and fights a two-front pipeline war against both Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It’s a hefty agenda, and doesn’t leave much room for rest.
Kenney’s conversation with Wells, one of the country’s best-known political analysts and reporters, and the host of the Maclean’s National Leader’s Debate during the 2015 federal election, covered a variety of topics and included audience questions.
This is the fourth of a monthly series of conversations Wells is conducting—presented by the Canadian Bankers Association in partnership with the NAC and CPAC—with leading Canadian political figures. Last month, he sat down with Katie Telford, chief of staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In March, he sat down with Conservative leader Andrew Scheer. In February, he sat down with NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.
WATCH: Katie Telford in conversation with Paul Wells
WATCH: Andrew Scheer in conversation with Paul Wells
WATCH: Jagmeet Singh in conversation with Paul Wells