Calgary, AB – This evening the Right Honourable Stephen Harper formally endorsed the Honourable Jason Kenney’s Unite Alberta campaign.

“He has demonstrated time and again that he is a principled, thoughtful and highly capable conservative. Friends, I would ask you tonight, I would ask all of Alberta’s members of the Conservative Party of Canada to join me and work to elect as the next leader of the PC Party the Honourable Jason Kenney.”

Mr. Harper delivered these remarks at the Calgary Heritage Stampede barbecue to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters. It was Mr. Harper who led the charge to unite conservatives at the federal level more than a decade ago.

"I couldn't be more pleased to have the support of our former Prime Minister," said Mr. Kenney. "Not only did he lead the charge to unify two federal parties, he led our country as the longest serving Conservative Prime Minister. I was proud to be a member of his Cabinet and I'm so encouraged by his show of support."

Mr. Kenney is hopeful that the Unite Alberta campaign will have similar success in Alberta. "Take a quick look around here tonight. You will see provincial PC and Wildrose supporters together under the Conservative Party of Canada banner," Mr. Kenney said. "We can do this and we need to do this for our province."

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Interim Leader for the Official Opposition, also delivered remarks at the event and stated her support for Mr. Kenney in a statement earlier in the week.