September 29, 2014 8:39 pm
Updated: October 24, 2014 3:54 pm

Alberta byelections: Unelected education minister looks to hold Calgary-Elbow for the PCs

Canadian politician Gordon Dirks

Global News

EDMONTON — Albertans will be heading to the polls Oct. 27 to vote in four separate byelections.

Three of the byelections are in Calgary and one in Edmonton. The Tories hold 57 of 87 seats in the Alberta Legislature, so the results won’t affect the balance of power.

Here’s a closer look at the candidates running in the Calgary-Elbow riding, which was vacated when former premier Alison Redford resigned in August.

WATCH: Calgary-Elbow candidates on Global News. Candidates will be added to this playlist as they appear on our broadcasts.

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Progressive Conservative Party: Gordon Dirks

Dirks has been appointed by Premier Jim Prentice as education minister. A former Calgary school board chair, Dirks is one of two unelected ministers appointed to Prentice’s cabinet.

Wildrose: John Fletcher

Col. John Fletcher’s military experience includes a stint as Commanding Officer with the Calgary Highlanders. He has practiced law in Alberta for over 30 years and established his own practice in 2002.

New Democratic Party: Stephanie McLean

McLean is a lawyer, living and working in Calgary.

Alberta Party: Greg Clark

Clark has been the leader of the Alberta Party since September 2013.

Liberal Party: Susan Wright

Wright is a corporate lawyer who lives in Calgary.

Click here to view more details on the Elections Alberta website. 

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