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Work plan for Premier Redford still in progress: PC party president

Alberta Premier Alison Redford leaves with members of her caucus after a meeting in Edmonton, Alberta on Monday March 17, 2014.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford leaves with members of her caucus after a meeting in Edmonton, Alberta on Monday March 17, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

CALGARY – The president of the Alberta Progressive Conservative party says the work plan being given to Premier Alison Redford to quell internal concerns about her leadership is still a work in progress.

The plan was the central development that came out of a meeting between Redford and the party’s executive on the weekend, though neither she nor party president Jim McCormick would say what it  entailed.

In a news conference with reporters in Calgary on Tuesday, McCormick wasn’t able to fill in any of the blanks other than to say the plan would involve better communication.

He said he would be meeting with Redford sometime this week to hash things out further.

“From the party’s perspective we’re not looking at a capital-W, capital-P work plan. It’s a work plan that’s really a summary of a lot of different things that we’ll be discussing with the leader.”

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McCormick sent a letter to party members outlining the process.

“The plan isn’t meant to be a written document, or a single solution.”

“It is about an improved way of working together to insure the members and your concerns are being heard directly by the leader,” he wrote.

The Tory party has been rocked in recent days by the defection of two elected members – one an associate minister – and by allegations that Redford is a bully with entitlement issues.

McCormick said he believes the Tory party will rebound from the leadership unrest and still has a healthy base in Alberta.

He wouldn’t speculate about other members of the legislature possibly leaving caucus, but admits he has heard the rumours.

“People are going to make their own decisions and we realize there’s a lot of factors that go into those decisions. I can’t comment, not having talked to those individuals,” he said.

“I think we have to realize we do allow people to speak freely in our society and they’re entitled to their positions.”