07/05/2016 05:55 EDT | Updated 07/06/2016 04:59 EDT

Jason Kenney To Seek Alberta PC Leadership: Sources

CALGARY — Sources say Alberta Conservative MP Jason Kenney is going to make the jump to provincial politics.

Two people with knowledge of the former federal cabinet minister's plans say he will announce he is seeking the leadership of Alberta's Progressive Conservatives in Calgary on Wednesday.

There has been speculation for months that Kenney might return to his home province and attempt to unite the right-leaning Progressive Conservatives and the Opposition Wildrose.

He could be in for a tough battle.

PCs not keen to merge

The PCs have said they aren't keen to merge, while the Wildrose has said it would be happy to link up, but only under its banner and with leader Brian Jean calling the shots.

The Tory leadership job has been vacant since Jim Prentice, who was also a former cabinet minister, quit after leading the party to a third-place finish in the last provincial election.

Party members pick a new leader March 18.

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