May 7, 2014 12:53 pm

Calgary MLA Ric McIver announces bid for Alberta PC leadership

CALGARY – Calgary MLA Ric McIver officially announced his intention to run in Alberta’s PC leadership race on Wednesday.

“Should I have the honour of becoming leader of the PC Party and Premier of Alberta, Albertans will be the boss,” said McIver from the steps of his southeast Calgary home. “They are the only ones who should tell me and government what to do.”

“Common sense new thinking is needed to replace insider establishment thinking,” McIver added.

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As part of his platform, McIver listed three changes he would make, including:

•No senior member of the McIver Leadership campaign team – nor any company they own – will be eligible for government contracts.

•The Chief of Staff to the Premier will make less than the Premier.

•Companies and individuals will be prevented from working for the Alberta government at the same time they are registered to lobby the Alberta government.

McIver served as the alderman for Ward 12 from 2001 until 2010.

He ran in Calgary’s mayoral election in 2010, but came in second to current Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

In 2012, McIver was elected as the MLA for the district of Calgary-Hays, and later appointed Alberta’s Minister of Transportation before becoming the Minister of Infrastructure during a cabinet shuffle in December.

Global News learned that McIver was poised to run for the leadership of the PC party on Tuesday.

MLA Ken Hughes has already announced his intention to throw his hat in the ring.

Jim Prentice’s name is also being floated around.

Former premier Alison Redford resigned on March 19th.

A few days later, Dave Hancok was sworn in as the 15th Premier of Alberta.

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