Horner won't seek PC leadership
Spruce Grove-St. Albert MLA, finance minister, will be supporting an undeclared candidate
Thursday, May 08, 2014 05:00 pm
Doug Horner will not run to be leader of the Progressive Conservative party.
“I won’t be throwing my hat into the ring for the leadership race,” Horner said in an interview earlier this week.
The finance minister, president of the Treasury Board and the MLA for Spruce Grove-St. Albert has been considering a run at the Progressive Conservative leadership race for the past several weeks since Alison Redford resigned as premier.
That consideration has now come to an end.
“It’s a pretty tough decision,” Horner said.
Thanks to his experience in the 2011 PC leadership race, Horner said he’s aware of the resources required and the toll the leadership race can take.
“There was a lot of discussions at home to start on the thought process,” Horner said.
“I figure there’s going to be some good candidates coming to the fore, one of which I will be supporting that’s as yet undeclared that I think has all the qualities our party needs,” Horner said.
“I think in the future we’re going to be having some challenges this particular individual is very well-suited to deal with and so I’ll be throwing my support behind him.”
Horner declined to indicate which leadership candidate he’s planning to support since there hadn’t been an official announcement about that person’s candidacy.
“The particular individual I’ve been speaking about came to the fore. We’ve had numerous conversations over the last several weeks. I believe that he has what we need for the province and given the fact that I’m in a better position to support him, I think it’s the right role for me to play,” Horner said.
Ken Hughes resigned from cabinet and announced his intention to run in late April, while Ric McIver just resigned his cabinet post earlier this week and said he’ll be running for the PC leadership.
Jim Prentice, a former federal cabinet minister, has let it be known through sources that he’ll be running, though he hasn’t made an official announcement himself.
Several MLAs, including some cabinet ministers, have made their support for Prentice clear.
Horner said in an interview last week that he had been introducing Prentice to some people at the Edmonton PC leadership dinner.
The MLA said he’s proud to serve his constituency and will continue to do so.
The PC leadership nomination race officially opens May 15 and closes May 30, with the party voting to take place in September.