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MLA Todd Loewen’s demand that Premier Jason Kenney resign was serious business. The virtual caucus meeting where UCP MLAs voted on Loewen’s fate was at times chaotic, and possibly the leakiest private meeting in Alberta political history. We learned from insiders that the balloting was not confidential. This disappointed Loewen, the MLA for Central Peace-Notley. He didn’t quite say the result could be manipulated but told me he would have preferred MLAs to vote without being identified. MLAs texted their votes to Nicholas Milliken from Calgary-Currie, the new chair of the UCP caucus. He had just replaced Loewen, who resigned that caucus post while demanding the premier’s immediate resignation. “There is simply no room in our caucus for those who continually seek to divide our party and undermine government leadership, especially at this critical juncture for our province,” said a statement from caucus whip Mike Ellis. On April 7, 15 caucus members, including Loewen, sent a “joint letter to Albertans” rejecting government pandemic measures. The group of supporters swelled to 17.

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