May 6, 2014 7:57 pm

Ric McIver jumping into Alberta PC leadership race: sources

Former Calgary city councillor Ric McIver has resigned his provincial cabinet post, and is expected to announce his intention to run in the PC leadership race on May 7, 2014.

Global News

EDMONTON – Sources have confirmed to Global News that Ric McIver is throwing his name into the Progressive Conservative leadership race.

McIver is expected to formally announce his intention to enter the race at a news conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. A release sent out Tuesday afternoon said he “will discuss his common sense new thinking for our province’s future.”

Global News has learned that McIver has resigned from Cabinet, and his resignation has been accepted.

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Up until now, he has been serving as the Minister of Infrastructure and previously as Transportation Minister. His political career began as a Calgary city councillor.

McIver will join former Municipal Affairs minister Ken Hughes in the race to become Alberta’s next premier.

Last week, a source confirmed to Global News that former Calgary MP Jim Prentice also plans to run for the top job.

On Tuesday, Finance Minister Doug Horner said he will announce his intentions on Friday.

The race officially begins May 15; the vote is scheduled to take place Sept. 6, and – if necessary – Sept. 20.

With files from The Canadian Press

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