September 10th, 2014 ~ Vol. 84 No. 35
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Prentice wins PC leadership race
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Jim Prentice
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Jim Prentice has been declared the premier-designate of Alberta after winning the PC leadership race.
According to the party, 23,386 votes were cast with Prentice receiving 17,963 – 77 per cent of the vote. Rival candidates Ric McIver and Thomas Lukaszuk received 2,742 and 2,681 votes respectively.
According the PC Party’s official Twitter page, the telephone line offering help with voter PIN numbers was flooded with calls on Sept. 5.
“The 1-800-360-1465 is currently overloaded with phone calls,” it said. “Please try again in two hours.”
The defeated candidates did not challenge the results despite reported problems with the electronic voting system.
“This leadership process wasn’t perfect. While the results are overwhelming the process followed by our party has created frustrations and disappointments at the very time that we did not need this,” said Prentice in a letter to party members.
In a Sunday release, Prentice announced his transition team will include Tim Hearn, former CEO of Imperial Oil, oil executive Sarah Raiss, former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel and lawyer Robert Seidel. The only MLA being recruited is Robin Campbell.
“This is a group of talented, principled, and well respected Albertans who will assist in the transition to a new Progressive Conservative government,” said Prentice in a news release. “Under my leadership we will restore the bond of trust between Albertans and their elected officials, and return to sound conservative fiscal principles.”
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In his letter to party members, Prentice thanked his running mates for their efforts and announced his intention to seek a seat in the legislature.
“It is a great honour to be entrusted to serve as the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party and the future 16th Premier of the province we love,” said Prentice.
In a Sept. 6 press release, Wildrose leader Danielle Smith congratulated Prentice before launching an attack against the PC party.
“Mr. Prentice has a tremendous road ahead of him in order to rebuild trust with Albertans and get a grip on a government that has spiraled out of control. Albertans will now look to him to start repairing the government’s damaged reputation and making progress on the many challenges we face as a province,” she said. “I look forward to debating him in the Legislature and holding his government to account. Wildrose is committed to giving Albertans a ready-to-govern alternative to the PCs for the next election.”
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