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Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews not ruling out run for UCP leadership

Alberta Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Travis Toews delivers the 2021 budget in Edmonton Alta, on Thursday February 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews is not ruling out a run to replace Jason Kenney as United Conservative Party leader and premier.

Toews says there would be a number of factors to consider, including what the rules of the race will be.

But he says interest in the leadership race can be good for the party and the province.

The party is working on the logistics of the race, but the vote is not expected for months.

READ MORE: From maybe to no: Alberta cabinet ministers give range of answers on replacing Kenney

Two other cabinet ministers — Rajan Sawhney and Jason Nixon — have also said they are considering running.

UCP backbencher Brian Jean and former Wildrose party Leader Danielle Smith have already said they will compete for Kenney’s job.

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Kenney announced last week he is stepping down from the job following an underwhelming 51 per cent support in a party leadership review.

READ MORE: Kenney says he won’t run in next UCP leadership race

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