Two female candidates running for leadership of the Alberta PC party are dropping out of the race.
Sandra Jansen and Donna Kennedy-Glans announced they are pulling out of the leadership contest in separate news releases on Tuesday.
It comes after the party held its annual policy convention in Red Deer over the weekend.
“Right now, politics in Alberta is polarizing and there is limited opportunity for centrist voices to be heard,” Kennedy-Glans said about her decision to withdraw from the race. The former Tory cabinet minister said she made the decision after consultation with her team of volunteers.
Sandra Jansen, speaking more directly about the convention in Red Deer, said she made the call to drop out of the contest based on harassment she experienced at the event over the weekend.
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“This past weekend in Red Deer left me quite shaken. As you know, I have been a member of the PCAA since 1985. I have volunteered for several leadership campaigns, constituency races, party president contests and more than a few general elections,” Jansen said.
“In all of that time, I have never before experienced harassment like that which occurred up to and including this past weekend in Red Deer.”
Jansen said her social media has been targeted by online trolls, and that at the policy convention her nomination forms were defaced. Jansen goes on to say that she was attacked by volunteers of other campaigns for her policies, including those protecting women’s reproductions rights and supporting children’s rights to a safe school environment.
There are four remaining candidates left in the PC Alberta leadership race, including Jason Kenney, Richard Starke, former PC cabinet minister Stephen Khan and Calgary lawyer Byron Nelson.