Jason Kenney PC ECA MLA (born May 30, 1968) is a Canadian politician who has served as Alberta’s 18th and current premier since 2019, and as the United Conservative Party’s (UCP) leader since 2017.

Before the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party (PC Party) amalgamated with the Wildrose Party to establish the United Conservative Party (UCP), he was the party’s last leader. Kenney worked in different ministerial positions under Prime Minister Stephen Harper from 2006 to 2015 before entering provincial politics in Alberta.

Kenney was born in Oakville, Ontario, on May 30, 1968, to Lynne (Tunbridge) and Robert Martin Kenney. His father was an Irish immigrant who worked as a teacher at Appleby College. Mart Kenney, a jazz musician and large band leader, was Kenney’s grandpa.

Kenney went to Wilcox, Saskatchewan’s Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, a private Catholic secondary school where his father was the president. Following a brief conversation with former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, Kenney may have been encouraged to pursue politics.

Kenney attempted but failed to complete his studies in philosophy at the University of San Francisco, a Jesuit university in San Francisco, California.

It was then that he became acquainted with conservatism. Kenney was interviewed by CNN for a segment on Christian beliefs while he was in California. He fought against Jesuit academics who deemed free speech to be fundamental to a university in the episode, where he was credited as “Jason Kenny — Anti-abortion Activist.”

Kenney claimed that allowing pro-choice protestors on campus was “killing the mission and purpose of this university.” He claimed in the student publication, the San Francisco Foghorn, that providing pro-choice groups a voice meant the school had no reason to deny pedophiles or the Church of Satan a similar forum.

Kenney’s appeal was denied by the Archbishop that summer, and he never returned to finish his college degree. Kenney instead returned to Canada to join the Saskatchewan Liberal Party.

As a young man, he was “extremely interested in the young Liberals,” and in 1988, he worked as the executive assistant to Ralph Goodale, the provincial party’s leader at the time.

Kenney was employed as the first executive director of the Alberta Taxpayers Association, which advocated for fiscal responsibility, not long after, in 1989. Kenney was named president and CEO of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation in 1990, a self-described taxpayer advocacy organisation that examines government spending from a conservative perspective.

Does Jason Kenney (Alberta) have a wife?

Kenney is bilingual. He has never been married and has no children.

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