Brian Jean the one-time Leader of the Official Opposition, and Leader of the now-folded Wildrose Party of Alberta, is heading back to Edmonton after winning the by-election in the riding Fort McMurray Lac La Biche.
Jean took over 63 percent of the votes, while the Alberta NDP took only 18 percent of the vote.
Jean said in his victory speech that he was excited to be the new MLA, " This was not a squeaker, I've got a clear mandate from the people."
The MLA-elect didn't miss a beat about his reasoning for coming back to elected politics, “Jason (Kenney), I hope you see what’s coming and I hope you do the right thing." Jean has been rallying support to oust Jason Kenney, as leader of the United Conservative Party, at next month's leadership review in Red Deer.
“I know in your heart of hearts you know what the right thing to do is and you know that the UCP cannot win...unless you’re gone.”
The UCP will be holding an annual meeting on April 9th, where a vote will be held on Premier Jason Kenney's leadership. Jean is expected to be sworn in as the MLA on April 5th.
In winning Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche, Jean takes over a seat that is similar to the former Fort McMurray-Conklin riding he once held.
Fort McMurray Lac La Biche By-Election
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There were eight candidates trying to win the legislature seat which has been vacant since former UCP MLA Laila Goodridge resigned to run for the federal Conservatives in August.