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Former premier Kenney joins law firm, will not lobby Alberta government

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Alberta’s former premier has a new job as senior counsel at a Calgary-based law firm. Jason Kenny made the announcement on social media on Wednesday.

“I am delighted to be joining Bennett Jones’ Public Policy Group as a Senior Advisor,” he tweeted.

Chairman and CEO Hugh MacKinnon said Kenney is revamping the 100-year-old law firm’s public policy group with offices across the country and the United States.

“He brings an exceptional combination of leadership and public policy experience to the firm and our clients,” McKinnon said in a statement.

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Kenny said his joining the law firm was reviewed by an ethics committee and found to be in line with conflict of interest laws. He added that he only accepts positions that comply with relevant laws and guidelines.

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“I do not engage in lobbying the Alberta government or its agencies,” Kenny wrote.

Kenny resigned from Calgary Lawheed’s MLA in November 2022, saying, “Our democratic life is moving away from normal healthy debate and towards a polarization that undermines the institutions and principles upon which we are based.” We are heading towards,” he expressed concern.

In May 2022, Kenny won the United Conservative Party confidence vote by a narrow margin of 51.4%. However, that night he announced that he was stepping down as leader.

Kenny’s resignation from the MLA in late 2022 has limited his 25-year experience in elected government.

In 1997, at the age of 29, he was first elected to the House of Representatives from the opposition Reform Party.

From 2008 to 2015, he served as minister for three portfolios before leaving federal politics in March 2017 to become the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. In October 2017, Kenny was elected leader of his newly formed UCP.

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After Kenny’s resignation, Daniel Smith won the UCP leadership vote on the sixth ballot and took office as prime minister in October 2022.

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