Opposition Leader Jason Kenney was acclaimed as the official United Conservative Party candidate in the Calgary-Lougheed by-election on Tuesday.

MLA Dave Rodney gave up his seat shortly after Kenney won the leadership bid Oct. 28.

He has represented the Calgary southwest riding since 2004.

Premier Rachel Notley has six months to call a byelection.

Group threatens lawsuit in wake of gay-straight alliance debate

A Calgary non-profit, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, threatened to launch a court challenge to Bill 24 if the legislation passes in the Alberta Legislature.

Bill 24, an Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA), would prevent schools from notifying parents if their child joins a GSA unless the child consents. It has sparked intense political debate.

The group argues that the prohibition on notifying parents about a GSA violates the fundamental rights of parents.

Alberta Party gears up for annual meeting

Alberta Party interim leader Greg Clark is keeping mum on who will run for party leadership, telling reporters Tuesday he hasn’t decided whether he’ll be among the contenders.

Clark announced he was stepping down as leader on Friday and said the move is an attempt to build the party.

The MLA for Calgary-Elbow said he will keep his seat and plans to run again in the provincial election expected in 2019.

The party will hold its annual general meeting in Red Deer on Saturday.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal – Politics

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Notes from the dome: Group threatens lawsuit over GSA bill, Alberta Party gears up for AGM and one more step towards Calgary byelection

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