As expected, Sandra Jansen is throwing her hat in the ring for the leadership of the Alberta PC party. The Calgary North West MLA made the announcement in Edmonton this morning.
Jansen has long hinted at running for the leadership since former MP Jason Kenney announced his plan to run and seek to merge the PC and Wildrose parties as the fastest way to defeat the NDP.
Jansen says she wants to build a modern, forward looking team that will take the Progressive Conservatives into the future. In a release, Jansen says at the May convention, party members gave their overwhelming support to rebuilding the PCs and regaining the trust of Albertans to deliver pragmatic, centrist government. She says the party members don’t want the PCs “fixated on the fastest ways back to power, and they don’t want us to ignore our principles simply to defeat the NDP.”
Other declared candidates so far including Richard Starke, Byron Nelson, Donna Kennedy-Glans and Jason Kenney.
PC members will choose a new leader in May 2017.