A man who describes himself as the “average Albertan” is planning to join the race for leader of the Alberta PC Party.
Michael Laveck is a town Councillor in Devon, he’s started a gofundme page to raise the $50,000 needed to enter the race.
He says he’s a longtime PC member.
“I was born under a PC government, I was basically raised in the PC values, and I’m very much looking forward to making the party a lot better.”
A carpenter by trade, he says he can relate to people who are going through tough financial times in the province right now.
“I’ve dropped down to 20-30 hour workweeks, I’ve seen the devastation of our economic downturn, I have friends who are going through major economic issues.”
The race officially starts October 1st, but already has two people planning to go for it: MP Jason Kenney and MLA Donna Kennedy-Glans. Laveck isn’t too worried about going against big names like those, he says the new delegate voting system gives him a chance.
“It actually makes it so that you are talking to PC members, and you’re not trying to get the whole province to vote for you. So the whole new change is actually a very effective way of electing just a leader for the PCs.”
He says he does have some political experience, having job shadowed under Permier Ralph Klein, and having been mentored by MLA Don Sparrow in the 80s and 90s. (kdr)