April 28, 2014 5:35 pm

PC leadership race heats up, with reports Jim Prentice will run

Watch above: Former federal cabinet minister Jim Prentice could be the all-star heavyweight Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives need, as they pick up the pieces left by Alison Redford and an ongoing spending scandal. Francis Silvaggio reports. (Apr. 29)

CALGARY- There is another candidate in the race to become Alberta’s premier.

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A source confirms to Global News that Jim Prentice plans to run for the seat to replace Alison Redford, who stepped down in March.

He is now putting together a campaign and finance team, and plans to make a formal announcement sometime in the weeks ahead.

Prentice does not currently hold a seat in the Alberta Legislature, but the opposition says a plan to combat that is the worst kept secret in politics.

“The plan is if he does choose to run and wins the PC leadership, that Alison Redford would then step down and he would run in that riding,” said Rob Anderson from the Wildrose Party.

Prentice is a lawyer, who previously served as a MP and cabinet minister under the Harper government. Since stepping away from politics, he has worked for CIBC and been involved in the Northern Gateway project.

MLA Ken Hughes announced his intention to run in the PC leadership race earlier this month. Dave Hancock is currently serving as interim premier.

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