United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney is getting his chance to gain a seat in the Alberta Legislature.

Sources tell The Canadian Press that Premier Rachel Notley is expected to call a byelection Thursday in the constituency of Calgary–Lougheed for Dec. 14.

The riding has been vacant since Nov. 1 when United Conservative member of the legislature Dave Rodney resigned to give Kenney a chance to win a seat.

Earlier this week, Kenney was acclaimed as his party's candidate in the constituency.

Kenney is a former federal Conservative cabinet minister who successfully merged Alberta's Wildrose and Progressive Conservatives this year.

He won a vote last month to become leader of the new party.

Calgary physician Phillip van der Merwe is the sole candidate for the NDP nomination and is expected to be acclaimed this weekend.

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