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Alberta's United Conservative Party celebrates one year

Jason Kenney speaks to the media at his first convention as leader of the United Conservative Party in Red Deer, Alta., Sunday, May 6, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

EDMONTON – Alberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney, in a speech to party supporters in Edmonton, is addressing the friction in some candidate nomination races.

Kenney urged members to keep their eyes on the big picture and rally behind the nomination winners — and he warned those who espouse hateful views will not represent the U-C-P.

The party has nominated candidates in 20 of the 87 constituencies.

There have been disputes among candidates in some nomination races along with allegations of backroom meddling and interference.

A week ago, the party disqualified a prospective candidate to run in Brooks-Medicine Hat constituency over public comments condemning the Muslim faith.

Kenney was speaking at a rally to mark the one-year anniversary of the party’s creation.

The U-C-P was created after members of the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties voted to merge.

A general election is set for next spring in Alberta.