May 8, 2014 7:23 pm

Doug Horner won’t run for Alberta PC leadership

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON – Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner announced in a statement on Thursday that he will not join the PC leadership race.

“After careful consideration, and weighing all of the options with my wife and family, I have decided not to step forward as a candidate in the upcoming Progressive Conservative leadership race.”

“I am humbled by the encouragement and support I have received from many friends, colleagues, and constituents while arriving at this decision,” Horner said.

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“As I have said, I firmly believe that the right person to lead our party and our province going forward is someone who has the ability to bring our Caucus together as a team, to unite our party, to earn the trust of Albertans, and to provide strong and thoughtful leadership. I believe this is someone who holds the true values and principles of the PC Party in their heart. I am confident that the right candidate will emerge, and I look forward to offering my full support as we work toward a shared vision for the future of our province.”

“I will proudly serve my constituents as the MLA for Spruce Grove-St. Albert over the summer and once a new leader is elected. Important work continues at Treasury Board and Finance. I feel both proud and privileged to lead that team, and I look forward to working with Premier Hancock as he leads our government during this time,” Horner said.

“I look forward to an exciting leadership race, and wish the best of luck to all candidates.”

So far, Ken Hughes and Ric McIver have officially announced their intentions to run.

Hughes, the former Municipal Affairs minister, announced his candidacy on April 11. McIver, the former Intrastructure minister, officially announced his intention to run on May 7.

Click here to find out more about the candidates and rules surrounding the Alberta PC leadership race.

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

© Shaw Media, 2014

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