While some candidates in the race for the leadership of the federal PC party have contacted Sandra Jansen, the MLA who withdrew her bid earlier this week, the interim leader of Alberta’s Conservatives has not.
Ric McIver said that’s because he’s respecting her wishes.
“We would like to have her back. I think she’s made it clear she wants to take some time to think about what’s best for here and I think she needs to be respected,” McIver said. “She said she wanted to take a couple of days. I’m sure I’ll be talking to her soon.”
Jansen left the party’s leadership race this week, saying she could no longer tolerate the abuse from rival supporters over her progressive views.
She has said it was disappointing not to hear from McIver.
Fellow candidate Richard Starke says he reached out to Jansen.
“It’s the human thing to do and I’ve encouraged (my) other colleagues in caucus to do what I’ve done,” Starke said.
He added that he would like to see her come back.
“Obviously that’s her decision but our party absolutely has room for Sandra Jansen in it and the views that he has championed.”
Starke says it’s up to McIver to decide if he wants to get in contact with Jansen.
McIver did say that he would like to have her back, he’s just giving her time. With files from Global News (km)