Former federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney is the new leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party.

Kenney won the leadership on the first ballot in Calgary with more than 75 per cent of the vote.

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Former Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney unveils a new postage stamp of Nelson Mandela for Black History Month in February 2015 in Ottawa with former Tory Sen. Don Meredith. Twitter photo

Kenney, a former immigration minister, is expected to push for the dissolution of his new party as he attempts to merge it with the Opposition Wildrose to challenge the governing New Democrats in the next provincial election.

"Today is the beginning of the end of this disastrous socialist government," Kenney told supporters after his whopping victory.

Premier Rachel Notley won the 2015 Alberta election, capturing a majority government and ending 44 years of Tories ruling the oil-rich province.

The province which allowed its economy to become dependent on oil over the past few decades has fallen on hard times, shedding tens of thousands of jobs because of the global collapse in commodity prices in the fall of 2014. Notley has introduced a climate change plan that includes policies to promote more renewable energy and to diversify the Alberta economy.

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