Calgary MLAs Len Webber and Ken Hughes announce they are stepping down
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With Alberta Premier Jim Prentice set to announce his plans for coming byelections Monday, two Calgary MLAs have announced they are stepping down.
In a statement, Len Webber the MLA for Calgary Foothills, said now that he had secured a federal Conservative nomination, it was time to move on.
“After being a strong voice for Calgary in the Alberta legislature for many years, I will work to earn the right to stand up for Calgary-Confederation in Ottawa by running an engaging campaign, and to do this I need to close the chapter on my time as a MLA today,” said Webber.
Former minister Ken Hughes is also stepping down, saying he wants to focus on his private life.
“It has been a great honour to serve the people of Calgary West as MLA," he said in a statement. "I step aside confident that my decision will contribute to the current renewal of the Progressive Conservative Party.”
The two announcements come on top of already-vacant seats seats in Edmonton – Whitemud and Calgary – Elbow, meaning there will be at least four byelections coming.