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UCP leadership race just the start of relentless campaigning until next election

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The news release from the Jason Kenney leadership campaign touted an announcement Wednesday morning with “special guests.”


I wasn’t the only journalist who wondered if one of those “special guests” would be Stephen Harper.

After all, Harper is a supporter of Kenney’s bid to become leader of the new United Conservative Party.

And what could be more special than an official endorsement from a former Conservative prime minister?

But alas, there was nothing especially special about the guests — UCP MLAs Ric McIver and Jason Nixon, who have both been unofficially on the Kenney bandwagon for some time.

Their endorsements were a bit like unveiling a statue that had already been sitting in the town square for six months.

But get used to it.

We’ll be seeing more of these non-special special events for the next month or so as the candidates in the UCP leadership race try their best to generate the impression of momentum ahead of the Oct. 28 vote.


© Edmonton Journal