Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Tories Set Sept. 6, Sept. 20 to Pick New Leader and Premier

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Tories Set Sept. 6, Sept. 20 to Pick New Leader and Premier

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Alberta Tories set dates to pick leader

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RED DEER, Alta. - Alberta's Progressive Conservative party will pick its new leader, and the province's next premier, in September.

The party's board of directors, after a meeting Monday night, announced that party members will cast their ballots on Saturday, Sept. 6.

If no single candidate wins a majority of votes, the top two candidates will move on to a run-off ballot on Sept. 20.

"Every Albertan over the age of 14 who has purchased a PC membership will be eligible to vote," party president Jim McCormick told reporters after the three-hour meeting of the party's board of directors.

"Each candidate will have to pay a $50,000 non-refundable deposit as part of their nomination.

"We expect a tremendous group of qualified candidates to put their names forward."

No nomination deadline has been set yet.

The leadership race was called after Alison Redford resigned as premier last week.

Advanced Education Minister Dave Hancock will serve as premier until the party picks its new leader, but has said he won't run to become party leader.

While no one has formally announced their candidacy, a number of cabinet ministers have said they're considering it.

Earlier Monday, Municipal Affairs Minister Ken Hughes said he's interested in running for the leadership, but wants to set up a committee and a website to gauge public support before he commits.

"It's not clear that I am going to run. I'm prepared to have a thoughtful conversation with Albertans. I'm prepared to listen," Hughes said.

"I think it's really important that the PC party and the government of Alberta to date demonstrate that they can listen and are prepared to listen to Albertans."

Hughes said he started receiving emails and phone calls from supporters encouraging him to run immediately after Redford's resignation. …

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