David Swann to resign at end of spring session

CALGARY – During a media conference at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton Tuesday morning, Liberal Leader David Swann announced he will resign at the end of the spring session.

Global News first learned on Monday that the he was planning to announce the news Tuesday morning.

“I believe that we, the Alberta Liberal Party and our caucus, have achieved a great many things together over the past two years. Our party is now on a solid financial footing and ready to tackle the next provincial election,” said Swann.

In a statement on the party’s website, Alberta Liberal President Erick Ambtman thanked Swann for his service and credits Swann’s leadership with helping the party tackle debt as well as modernizing party operations and policies.

Caucus Whip Harry Chase mirrored Ambtman’s appreciation.

“Under David’s leadership, we have been able to engage and energize a new generation of Libertals and we were able to put forward clear policy alternatives in health care, the environment and energy that will move our province forward.”

Swann is a two-term MLA representing the riding of Calgary Mountain View since 2004. He won the Liberal leadership in 2008, defeating MLA Dave Taylor who, last Monday, moved to the Alberta Party.

Swann will remain the MLA for Calgary-Mountain View.

Last Tuesday, Premier Stelmach announced he will resign at the end of the next legislative session. Two days later, Ted Morton resigned from the PC cabinet in order to run in the Tory leadership race.

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