Alberta Premier Jason Kenney drew laughter and applause in one of his final speeches before leaving office in two weeks.
Kenney, speaking to municipal leaders in Calgary, interrupted the applause and said the warmth clearly showed he was not at a meeting of his own United Conservative Caucus.
Kenny also got a call at the podium, and let it go to voicemail, “Sorry, Justin, I’ll call back later.”
He joked that he tried and failed to get into one of the many film and TV productions filming in Alberta, calling it proof that politics is “show biz for ugly people”.
Kenny announced in May that he was stepping down as United Conservative leader and premier after receiving lukewarm support from 51 percent of party members in a leadership review.
Before that, he faced open challenges from his party and caucus for his leadership and handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A vote to replace Kenney is scheduled for Oct. 6.