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Wildrose to hold leadership sooner to have permanent leader for expected election

Wildrose MLA Heather Forsyth at a news conference in Calgary announcing her appointment as the party's interim leader.
Wildrose MLA Heather Forsyth at a news conference in Calgary announcing her appointment as the party's interim leader. Global News

CALGARY — Alberta’s Opposition Wildrose party is bumping up its leadership convention in case Premier Jim Prentice calls an election before the party has a permanent leader in place.

Wildrose president Jeff Callaway says the attendees at a members assembly in Calgary over the weekend overwhelmingly supported moving up the date from June 6.

After the meeting, he says the executive committee voted to move the leadership selection to sometime at the end of March.

Callaway says the party has a few details to iron out before announcing a firm date, but he says he hopes to know for sure by Tuesday afternoon.

Heather Forsyth has been interim Wildrose leader since former leader Danielle Smith and eight other Wildrose MLAs crossed the floor and joined the Progressive Conservatives in December.

Premier Jim Prentice has not ruled out calling an early election this spring despite a law mandating it be held in 2016.

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