Kenney had lengthy insisted he would contemplate something over 50 p.c a passing grade, however on Wednesday night time he introduced it could be insufficient to get by on a squeaker.

“A lot of our members need to clear the air with a management election,” Kenney mentioned. “I absolutely respect their determination, and I encourage all members to do the identical.”

Earlier this week on a visit to Washington he instructed reporters, “I’ve by no means misplaced an election, and I don’t plan on doing so now.”

He mentioned the outcomes have been a shock, although had additionally ready remarks. In his resignation speech, Kenney listed the challenges of the previous two years.

“We went by way of three once-in-a-century crises — the biggest public well being disaster in a century, the biggest collapse of the world financial system in practically a century, and — for the primary time ever — we skilled detrimental oil costs.”

Kenney had served as premier of Alberta since 2019. Earlier than that, he’d been an MP for nearly 20 years, serving in numerous posts in Stephen Harper’s Cupboard.

He urged Albertans to maneuver ahead. “It’s clear that the previous two years have been deeply divisive for our province, our celebration and our caucus,” he mentioned. “However it’s my fervent hope that within the months to return, all of us transfer on previous the division of Covid.”

Kenney mentioned he has suggested his celebration management to schedule a management election “in a well timed style.”

The Calgary Herald stories that the UCP caucus will meet Thursday morning when they’re anticipated to pick out an interim chief.