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Marathon man Jason Kenney performs miracle on the Prairies

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The metaphor of a marathon doesn’t begin to describe the journey Jason Kenney embarked upon to become Alberta’s 18th premier, making the Alberta NDP the only one-term government in the province’s 114-year history.

Even an Ironman metaphor doesn’t adequately symbolize the onerous odyssey that Kenney has undertaken to ensure Premier Rachel Notley’s “job-killing” government was “one and done.”

One must go back two years, nine months and 11 days to July 6, 2016. That’s when Kenney announced he would seek the leadership of Alberta’s moribund Progressive Conservative party, with the aim of seeking unity with the Wildrose Party to stop splitting the small-c conservative vote that made the Notley government a reality on May 5, 2015.

On March 18, 2017, Kenney won the PC party leadership with 75 per cent of the vote.

Without so much as a pause, he took to the road in his Tory-blue pickup truck, criss-crossing the province, reminding members of both parties that unity was the only way to reclaim the mantle of power and restore business-friendly, job-creating policies.

On July 22, 2017, PC and Wildrose members voted 95 per cent in favour of merging.

But a new political battle was immediately upon Kenney. On Oct. 28 of that same momentous year,........

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