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PC constituency presidents to vote on asking Redford to resign: report

Alberta Premier Alison Redford speaks to reporters in Edmonton on Tuesday March 4, 2014. Redford revealed Tuesday that she spent taxpayers' money to fly her daughter's friends around on government aircraft, but says she will now pay back the $3,100 tab. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dean Bennett.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford speaks to reporters in Edmonton on Tuesday March 4, 2014. Redford revealed Tuesday that she spent taxpayers' money to fly her daughter's friends around on government aircraft, but says she will now pay back the $3,100 tab. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dean Bennett.

UPDATE: Premier Alison Redford says she will have an important announcement to make at the Alberta legislature at 6 p.m. MT.

CALGARY- Global News has learned the presidents of the 25 Conservative constituency associations in Calgary will meet Wednesday night, and sources say Premier Alison Redford’s leadership will be on the agenda.

A similar meeting of constituency association presidents will take place in Edmonton.

Sources tell Global News the presidents will vote on whether to ask Redford to resign.

The meetings are taking place on the same day a new poll by ThinkHQ Public Affairs found if an election were held today, only 19 per cent of decided voters would support Alberta’s Tories .

READ MORE: Support for Alberta Conservatives continues to slide

The poll puts support for the Wildrose party at 46 per cent.

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It also found Redford’s approval rating has sunk to 18 per cent, the lowest of all Alberta’s party leaders.

The poll was conducted the same week that Redford announced she is paying back the $45,000 travel tab for attending Nelson Mandela’s funeral in South Africa.

Political analyst Duane Bratt says even if the association presidents were to vote to ask for Redford’s resignation, she would be under no obligation to do so.

“Without a non-confidence vote, she could remain as premier and leader, but she is going to take down the whole party ship with her, which is scaring PC members.”

The president of the Progressive Conservative constituency association in northeast Edmonton, Steve Robson, has already publicly called for Redford’s resignation.

He said Redford is an arrogant leader who doesn’t listen to her caucus and has no regard for the Tory establishment.

Two Conservative MLAS, Len Webber and Donna Kennedy-Glans, have resigned from the PC caucus, and there has been talk of more resignations to come.

Last weekend, the PC party executive met with the premier and gave her a ‘work plan’ to quell internal concerns about her leadership.