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Kenney’s Alberta win both good, bad for Trudeau, Scheer, say strategists

By Beatrice Paez      

For Justin Trudeau, Jason Kenney will fight him on carbon pricing but could provide the political foil he needs with which to contrast his policies. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer won't have trouble finding common ground with Kenney, but would need to, as prime minister, tread carefully to consider the rest of the country too.

United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney scored a decisive victory on Tuesday, bringing an end to Alberta's four-year flirtation with the NDP. The Hill Times file photograph by Samantha Wright Allen

Alberta premier-designate Jason Kenney’s victory may deliver the political boogeyman Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to ward off the federal Conservatives, but it will also further test his—and the official opposition’s—ability to manage dynamics with the provinces, say political observers.

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