By Michelle King | CNN
The Alberta United Conservative Party (UCP) will hold a one-day confidence vote on the leadership of leader Jason Kenney, the party’s leader told the CTV Edmonton-Strathcona news program “Question Period.”
“I told the people of Alberta earlier this week I do not need a confidence vote, but an election is about to take place,” Kenney said on the program. “We welcome one, we welcome the debate, and we want to focus on what matters.”
It comes after an hour-long meeting of the party’s executive committee on Friday morning. That executive committee also decided to set an election for next April.
“These decisions must be made. We can’t split the family and eat our Christmas,” party vice-president Katherine O’Neill told CTV. “The party is united and we have to make decisions that don’t split the family.”
Hours earlier, Kenney and the party’s executive have elected the date for a leadership vote for the October provincial election.
Kenney, the first NDP premier of Alberta, told CTV the decision was “mutual” between the party and him.