Premier Scott Moe reacts to Jason Kenney's election win in Alberta


When the legislature dissolved for Alberta's 2019 general election, there was representation from five political parties: the NDP, United Conservative Party, the Alberta Party, the Alberta Liberal Party and the Freedom Conservative Party.

Kenney has said his approach will be one of cooperation and diplomacy with all political leaders, but that he will leave no doubt about Alberta's determination to stand up for its bread and butter industry, particularly against those who benefit from it while opposing its growth. "Help is on the way and hope is on the horizon".

Kenney and Notley also differ on the idea of the government helping increase the province's capacity to ship crude by rail. It's a tall order, with the price of oil lingering around $60 a barrel, natural gas prices in the dumps and another Trans Mountain pipeline decision.

Voters have placed a big bet on him, but there are no guarantees.

"We see just a blue wave going across this country from west to east", Ford said.

What kind of difference can Kenney make on pipelines, the economy and jobs? The question is whether it will smooth the road or add hurdles.

He was chosen as the new party's leader in the fall of 2017, and became a member of the legislature when he won a byelection in Calgary-Lougheed that December. Scrapping it is the UCP's Bill 1.

Speaking in French, Kenney said his province needs pipelines for the prosperity of all Canadians.

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Moe said he's working on setting up a call with Kenney to congratulate him, and hopes to meet in the "not too distant future". Enbridge Inc.'s Line 3 has been pushed back a year because of permitting issues in Minnesota. And Keystone XL is fighting a legal battle launched by opponents in American courts. Recent surveys show his lead narrowing, with the UCP at 47 per cent support, to 38 per cent for the NDP, according to poll tracking by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Meanwhile in Quebec, a province Kenney appealed to directly in his victory speech, Premier Francois Legault said his position on any new pipeline carrying Alberta oil through his province hasn't changed: "What I am saying is there is no social acceptability for a new oil pipeline in Quebec".

Disappointment was felt at the Alberta Liberal Party headquarters in Calgary on Wednesday.

Despite the heated comments Kenney's first fight will likely be with Ottawa. "I think the world will have changed in a year from now". But without a provincial carbon tax, the federal government will impose its own on Albertans.

He says Alberta has been the target of foreign-funded interests who want to land-lock Alberta's oil. That's welcome news in the oilpatch.

I am Canadian, lived in Alberta for 52 years, raised a family, worked hard as many do there, without resultant government pensions or union protection.

However, Notley's congratulation to Kenney and the UCP was accompanied by a guarantee to serve as a "rigorous and robust opposition, holding government to account". He said Alberta plans "to fight back" and "build those pipes".

What will be most affected by Alberta's election results?

. Edmonton had the third-highest rate, at seven per cent.

In addition, Kenney has said he planned to hold a referendum in Alberta regarding the so-called equalization payments the federal government distributes to smoothen financial inequalities among provinces. Companies have found new ways to make do with fewer people.