Alberta leader Jason Kenney says he feels more confident about winning PC leadership

Having watched the campaign unfold, Premier Jason Kenney said Monday he felt more confident than he has in the campaign’s first two weeks.

It’s a moment many Canadians thought would never come. Kenney, the former head of the powerful right-wing Reform Party in Alberta, finally stood at the podium and took the helm of Alberta PC leadership — though many have been saying for months he’d be named leader.

“I am as confident as I’ve been in this campaign in a long time to be premier,” Kenney said in a Monday rally in Red Deer, Alberta.

“I’m confident more now than I’ve been in a long time” say Alberta PCs leader J. Kenney as campaign enters it’s third week #abpoli #bcpoli — Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) April 9, 2018

But there were no perfect moments. The conservative leadership debate on Saturday night featured every candidate except Kenney.

WATCH: Kenney says Wildrose leader [Evan Bray] ‘insults’ Albertans

There was also a slip-up of sorts when Kenney stepped on an Alberta PC candidate’s flagpole, which put the PC party down for a day. Kenney was on his way out of town as the distraction and was ready to go.

Kenney said Monday it was a mistake and apologized. He said he was being coordinated against.

“We knew this was coming, we had been told in advance by [interim leader Ric McIver] … we were fighting for our life in the first two weeks and had just two weeks to pull this off,” he said.

One thing is for sure: there’s still a week left in the campaign.

“I can’t wait for the next period of 10 days,” he said.

Watch: Calgary-Bow PC candidate is shown hanging out with others with Canadian flags during PC leadership debate. Not okay?#abpoli #ableg — Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) April 8, 2018

Alberta PC members have just five days left in the campaign. Albertans will go to the polls April 23.

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