May 14, 2021
On Thursday, the UCP caucus booted out MLAS Todd Loewen, of Central Peace-Notley, and Drew Barnes, of Cypress-Medicine Hat. Earlier in the day, Loewen had issued a public letter calling on Kenney to resign. Barnes has been a constant thorn in the premier’s side for months, disagreeing on numerous policies.
“Yesterday the caucus did confirm my leadership. There have been some folk who have tried to destabilize the government during this period of crisis internally. I think it’s a very small group and they haven’t been able to demonstrate any widespread support for that,” Kenney said on QR77’s Shaye Ganam show.
“So, yes, I believe I have the confidence of the party I lead, and the caucus I serve with. And I’m governing on the largest democratic mandate in Alberta’s history. We’ve been through some tough times and I think we are going to emerge very strong.
Asked if he thought there could be any further uprisings, Kenney said it was “implicit that caucus members have a limited tolerance now for behaviour that can undermine the unity of our team and our ability to work together.”
Loewen’s comments earlier in the day triggered a firestorm of political intrigue in the UCP.
“The government’s response to a hostile federal government has been perceived as weak and ineffective. Albertans have lost trust in the leadership of our government and are no longer willing to extend to us any benefit of the doubt on most issues,” said Loewen in the letter.