On October 28, 2017 the vast majority of registered members of the United Conservative Party voted either through phone or online to choose their new leader. The pronouncement of the results was held at the BMO Centre in Calgary, Alberta with thousands of UCP members and supporters eagerly awaiting the results.
Jason Kenney, as expected by many, led the results garnering 61.2% of the total votes. He was followed by Brian Jean with 31.5% and trailed by Doug Schweitzer with 7.3% of the votes.
With Jason Kenney at the helm, many are hoping that the UCP will steer the province of Alberta back to its economic advantage.
The UCP, as a political party , forms the current official opposition in Alberta. In July of this year the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta and the Wildrose Party merged to form the new United Conservative Party (UCP).