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Alberta election: Conservative UCP wins, in a blow for Trudeau

UCP leader Jason Kenney is a former federal minister.
UCP leader Jason Kenney is a former federal minister. Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images

United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney criticized Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's policies tackling climate change after winning Alberta's election Tuesday night on a mandate to repeal the carbon tax in oil-rich province.

Why it matters: The ousting of Alberta's incumbent left-wing government means 5 in 10 provincial governments now oppose Trudeau’s plans to fight climate change, which is shaping up to be a big issue in October's election, per Reuters. Trudeau's popularity has slumped over a corruption scandal that's been swirling around his Liberal Party.