Premier Hancock to meet with premier-designate Prentice Monday to discuss transition

Watch above: Albertans are still buzzing about Jim Prentice’s landslide victory Saturday night. Prentice nabbed the lion’s share of the vote with 77 per cent, becoming the new leader of Alberta’s PC Party. Shallima Maharaj reports.

EDMONTON — Premier Dave Hancock is scheduled to meet with premier-designate Jim Prentice Monday morning to begin the transition of the Office of the Premier. To help with the task, Prentice has put together a five-person transition team.

The team includes former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel, who last month said he might consider running as MLA under Prentice. However, following Saturday’s win by Prentice, Mandel said he hasn’t made any decisions.

Mandel served as mayor of Edmonton from 2004 to 2013.

The chair of Prentice’s transition team will be Tim Hearn, former chair and CEO of Imperial Oil. Hearn is currently chair of Hearn & Associates.

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MLA Robin Campbell, Sarah Raiss and Robert Seidel are also on the team. (See full biographies below).

“This is a group of talented, principled and well respected Albertans who will assist in the transition to a new Progressive Conservative government, and I am honoured to have them on my team,” said Prentice.

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“Under my leadership we will restore the bond of trust between Albertans and their elected officials, and return to sound conservative fiscal principles.”

Prentice won the Alberta PC leadership race Saturday night with 77 per cent of the votes.

READ MORE: Jim Prentice takes vast majority of 23,000 votes cast to become Alberta’s premier-designate

On Sunday, Prentice met with fellow leadership candidates Thomas Lukaszuk and RicMcIver to discuss ways to move the party forward.

“There is absolutely nothing easy about leadership campaigns, and both these men worked extremely hard this summer,” said Prentice. “I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to share my summer with them on the campaign trail, and I am looking forward to working together with them, and the entire caucus, to unite the party and move into a new era for Alberta.”

Prentice says the three men exchanged ideas and discussed a common vision for the party and a “return to good government.”

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“As leader, I will ask every volunteer who has worked on all of our campaigns to join with me in rebuilding our party,” said Prentice. “In my 40 years in this party I have never seen such a talented group of young volunteers, and I am excited about the next generation of the Progressive Conservative party.”

The two-day leadership vote was marred by problems with the PC party’s new electronic voting system.

Many party members complained they could not get their PIN numbers or could not dial in or log on to vote.

Party executive director Kelley Charlebois says he expects the party will review the voting system at its annual general meeting in November.

Full biographies of all five people on Prentice’s transition team below:

Biographies – Prentice Transition Team

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