Horner still considering leadership run
Finance minister expects to announce if he'll run for PC leadership or not soon
Friday, May 02, 2014 04:00 pm
Despite swirling rumours to the contrary, local MLA Finance Minister Doug Horner isn’t counting out a run for the Progressive Conservative leadership just yet.
“I might, I might not,” Horner said in an interview Friday morning. “We’re still considering things and looking to see who’s going to come into the race.”
Horner, who represents the Spruce Grove-St. Albert riding, said he expects to make a decision in the next 10 days or so.
When asked about the entrance of Jim Prentice, a former federal cabinet minister, to the race, Horner pointed out Prentice hasn’t officially announced his candidacy yet.
“Jim and I are good friends and I’ve got a great deal of respect for him. As a candidate I think he fills all of the things that I think we should be looking for in a candidate,” Horner said. “If he were (running) I might support him.”
Horner said he did introduce Prentice to some people at the PC leadership dinner in Edmonton Thursday night.
The leadership nominations officially open on May 15 and close May 30, with the voting to take place in September.
While it seems almost sure Prentice will run, currently Ken Hughes, a former provincial cabinet minister, is the only official candidate for the leadership.
“It’s a big decision, and it’s a big decision for me and my family and for the party, and we’re going to be very careful in our approach as to how we make our decision,” Horner said.
Stephen Khan, MLA for St. Albert, hasn’t decided on a candidate to support yet.
“I think at this time, you know, my energies are best focused on doing my job as MLA and supporting Premier (Dave) Hancock. We’ll have lots of time for leadership over the summer,” Khan said.
There will be a clearer picture of who will run for leader once the spring legislative session is done, Khan said.
That will give Khan a chance to start speaking to candidates, as well as get feedback from his local board, and consider whom he might support.