Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Kenney Meets Caucus, Says Election Win Already Rippling through Alberta Economy

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Kenney Meets Caucus, Says Election Win Already Rippling through Alberta Economy

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Kenney meets with caucus after Alberta election win

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EDMONTON - Alberta's incoming premier, Jason Kenney, met with his caucus Friday and told members that their United Conservative election win is already starting to ripple through the economy.

"All week long, I've been receiving calls from CEOs from major corporations across Canada and around the world who want to invest in Alberta now," Kenney said in a speech Friday bookended by standing ovations at Edmonton's Federal Building.

"People are making real, tangible life decisions -- buying new houses, investing, unfreezing business decisions -- because of the decision that Albertans made on election day."

Kenney and his cabinet will be sworn in Tuesday.

His United Conservatives won 63 seats and 55 per cent of the vote in last week's election, defeating Premier Rachel Notley's NDP.

The NDP took the remaining 24 seats -- all but four of them in and around Edmonton. The party will become the official Opposition when the legislature resumes sitting in the third week of May.

Notley met with her caucus members later Friday in their first get together since the election loss.

Notley worked her way around the room, hugging and chatting with her MLAs -- many of them soon-to-be former cabinet ministers -- before making a speech and taking questions from reporters.

"Obviously, no one likes losing and I wish that we had not," Notley said. "But we also know, and I think all of us know, that it's really about how you move forward that matters. And every one of us here is looking forward."

She noted that before gaining power in 2015, the NDP caucus had just four members in the house.

"I know without question that this much larger group is going to be a historic force in this legislature," she said. "And we are going to be the strongest Opposition that this province has ever seen. …

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