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It's official: three contenders vie for PC leadership

Thomas Lukaszuk formally files nomination papers Friday

By: Victoria Paterson

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 06:00 am

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Three candidates are officially registered to run for the leadership of the provincial Progressive Conservative party.

Thomas Lukaszuk, Ric McIver and Jim Prentice are all now official candidates in the race to become the PC leader and the premier of Alberta.

The Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta’s website notes when each of the candidates submitted their paperwork.

Lukaszuk, a St. Albert resident and MLA for Edmonton-Castle Downs, filed his nomination papers on Friday. He’s the sole Edmonton-area candidate.

McIver, the MLA for Calgary-Hays, had filed his paperwork on May 27.

Prentice, considered by many to be the front-runner and a former Calgary federal MP, filed May 16, just a day after the nomination period officially opened on May 15.

The nomination period closed on Friday, May 30.

Candidates were required to provide a $20,000 payment when picking up their nomination package and another $30,000 when filing their completed forms.

The Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta’s rules on the leadership selection note that candidates have until Aug. 15 to drop out.

The first leadership vote is scheduled for Sept. 6. The second round of voting, if needed, will be held Sept. 20.


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