No-win situation for Alberta premier at upcoming meeting: political scientist

No-win situation for Kenney

Political scientists say Alberta Premier Jason Kenney faces a no-win situation at his party's annual meeting in Calgary this weekend over mounting questions about his leadership.

Duane Bratt with Mount Royal University in Calgary says Kenney's challenge is to not only win back support from the United Conservative Party but also from the public.

Bratt says most annual meetings focus on team-building, policy discussion and celebration, but he expects there will be none of that.

The premier has been dealing with rising discontent within his caucus, party and from Albertans over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues.

Some have called for his resignation.

Kenney says the meeting will be a chance for members to chart a course for the future with healthy debate on how to move forward.

He says he has overwhelming support from the UCP caucus.

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