The first Edmonton-area candidate has announced his candidacy for the leader of the Alberta PC’s.
Former St. Albert MLA, and cabinet minister, Stephen Khan is the latest to apply to fill late Premier Jim Prentice’s job.
Khan said that he didn’t like the way the party was trending.
“I love this party, I love this province and I just couldn’t sit on the sidelines anymore,” Khan said. “I’m a strong, fiscal conservative. But that being said, in my Alberta, there’s a place for everyone who shares our values. And I didn’t see that necessarily reflected going into this campaign.
Khan said the PC’s need to start connecting with Albertans again.
“One of the biggest things we need to do, is rebuild some trust at the constituency level between the party and elected officials,” Khan said. “There needs to be a real, genuine two-way dialogue and a formalized process to put that in place. That’s always been the way that I’ve worked with my constituency association, and I know others have worked that way, and it’s worked well.”
Khan also said that he wants to unite Albertans.
“We seem to always want to cut the province into thirds, into Edmonton, Calgary and rural,” Khan said. “By doing that, we end up pitting those territories against each other. We’re trying to get a modern conservative movement here, and we’re trying to bring all Albertans together. We need to recognize that Calgary’s needs are different than Edmonton’s and certainly in the rural (areas).”
Jason Kenney, Donna Kennedy-Glans, Sandra Jansen, Byron Nelson and Richard Starke are all also in the race for the leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives.
Khan said that his background in the private sector could give him an edge on his competition.
He owned and operated a successful software company, and said that an “entrepreneurial spirit encapsulates Albertans.” (km)