UCP Leader Jason Kenney, left, and NDP Leader Rachel Notley are the front-runners in the 2019 Alberta election campaign. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press). Photo courtesy of CBC.

UCP Leader Jason Kenney, left, and NDP Leader Rachel Notley (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press). Photo courtesy of CBC.

Jason Kenney has capped his three-year goal of uniting Alberta’s political right, leading his United Conservative Party to a majority win over the province’s first-ever NDP government.

He says incoming premier says the province is open for business.

Kenney says his government will have the lowest tax regime in Canada and will cut red tape.

To the rest of Canada, the United Conservative leader says his government will stand up for Alberta .

He says Alberta has been the target of foreign-funded interests who want to land-lock Alberta’s oil.

He says that will change.

Created in 2017 through a merger of the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties, early results project the UCP to win a majority of seats in Tuesday’s provincial election.

Rachel Notley’s NDP will become Alberta’s Official Opposition. The party dropped from 52 seats, with the majority of support concentrated in Notley’s home base of Edmonton.

Kenney, a former cabinet minister in Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, won the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative party in 2016 before leading the PCs into a successful 2017 merger with the Wildrose Party. That same year, he won the UCP leadership handily in a contest later marred by controversy.

Premier John Horgan offered his congratulations to Kenney via social media, “I look forward to working together in the interests of both of our provinces.”

With files from CBC and Canadian Press

Ben O'Hara