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Jim Prentice next premier of Alberta?
Jim Prentice
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Jim Prentice a possible candidate as Alberta’s next premier.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Word has leaked that onetime Crowsnest resident Jim Prentice could be making a bid to become Alberta’s next premier.
An anonymous source close to the former cabinet minister says that Prentice has been talking to the provincial caucus and cabinet. He has also reportedly received encouragement to run for the leadership of Alberta's governing Progressive Conservative party.
“He’s putting together a campaign team and a finance team,” a source close to the former federal cabinet minister told the Calgary Herald on Monday.
Fred Bradley, a close friend of Prentice and the President of the Crowsnest Historical Society, said his friend is seriously considering running for a leadership position.
He hasn’t said no,” said Bradley with regards to the possible leadership bid. “[And] if you don’t say no quickly then you’re thinking about it.”
Bradley says Prentice was about 18 or 19 years old when his family moved to the Pass. He says Prentice still has family in the community and confirmed that Prentice even spent a summer working for Coleman Colliers.
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Prentice is currently employed as a vice-president with CIBC. He recently took on a job with Enbridge to work with First Nation’s groups opposed to the company’s proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline.
Mount Royal University political scientist David Taras said Prentice’s candidacy would send tremors through provincial politics.
“He’s not just what he’s done and his connections. He has a certain stature, a certain authority,” said Taras. “Having someone who is not associated with Allison Redford and has a tremendous reputation means he’s likely to win the leadership and he will be premier.”
Taras says the Redford government has been discredited and might have the lowest polls of any government in Alberta’s history. He says Prentice will not have to answer to Redford’s legacy of expensive voyages and hospitality bonuses.
Prentice could not be reached for comment but the former cabinet minister has until the May 30 deadline to make a formal leadership bid.
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