April 6, 2015 2:20 pm
Updated: April 9, 2015 7:30 am

Wildrose president steps down to run as Calgary candidate


EDMONTON — The Wildrose party president has stepped down from his position to stand as a candidate in Calgary North West.

Jeff Callaway will be running against Progressive Conservative Sandra Jensen, who currently holds the seat.

“I am running because I am not prepared to give Premier Prentice a blank cheque of higher taxes and authority to create a deficit that will financed through borrowing and debt,” said Callaway.

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It was the release of the 2015 Alberta budget that solidified his decision to run as a candidate, Callaway explained.

“It was looking at the budget and the 59 new taxes that they were putting forth, and I really decided I had to stand up and make my voice heard, and contribute in a new way.”

The news comes as speculation builds Premier Jim Prentice will drop the writ this week and send Albertans to the polls in early May.

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The PCs hold 70 of the 87 seats in the legislature, and are expected to nominate their final two candidates Monday for the anticipated election.

The Wildrose hasn’t confirmed how many candidates it has nominated to this point, but insists the party will be running in all 87 constituencies.

“Every party has their target seat list. We’re running, and you know our goal is to be the official opposition and provide a strong voice for Albertans,” said Callaway.

The Alberta Liberals have 26 nominated candidates listed on their website, while the NDP will be holding an event Monday afternoon to announce their slate of candidates.

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