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Alberta Party calls Calgary-Lougheed a 'forgone conclusion'

Alberta political party will focus on leadership race instead of running a candidate in Calgary by-election

Liberal candidate David Khan, UCP candidate and opposition leader Jason Kenney and NDP candidate Phillip van der Merwe are running for the Calgary-Lougheed seat.

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Liberal candidate David Khan, UCP candidate and opposition leader Jason Kenney and NDP candidate Phillip van der Merwe are running for the Calgary-Lougheed seat.

As political peers gear up to knock the socks off of constituents — and each other — in
another Calgary byelection, one party is planning to sit this one out.

On Tuesday, the Alberta Party announced they wouldn’t be running in the Calgary-Lougheed byelection in order to direct financial and human resources to their leadership race.

The decision came at a board of directors level and came more than a week after the party’s leader, Greg Clark, stepped down to spur a leadership race.

“With the race in Calgary-Lougheed considered to be a foregone conclusion, it is best that we have a successful and well-executed leadership that will have a major impact on the Alberta Party’s long-term success,” read the Alberta Party statement. “This was a difficult decision, and it was one not
easily arrived at.”

Political expert Duane Bratt said there’s more pressure on the Liberal party to put forward their leader David Khan because they don’t have anyone sitting in the Legislature, but in the case of the Alberta Party, Bratt says this move will save them from inevitable embarrassment.

“I think they would have been obligated to put someone forward if Clark wasn’t stepping down, but I think here this gives them a pass to save themselves from humiliation,” said Bratt.

“That’s what’s going to happen to the Liberals, that’s what’s going to happen to the NDP.”

As for calling the election a foregone conclusion, Bratt agrees. “I was surprised the NDP actually put forward a candidate,” said Bratt. “They (NDP) are going to use this to try out some attacks on Kenney, and just demo it.”

The release suggested in
future, the Alberta Party is
committed to fielding candidates in every election and every constituency going forward. In 2019, the party intends to run 87 candidates.

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