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Alberta Party chooses not to run in Calgary-Greenway byelection

Posted on February 29, 2016 by Meagan Parisian

CALGARY, AB – February 29, 2016 – Following a decision by the Board of Directors, the Alberta Party has elected to not run a candidate in the Calgary-Greenway by-election.

"This byelection was called early by a government desperate to get it out of the way before a bad-news budget," said Clark. "We believe the best place to communicate our vision for Alberta is the Legislature, which starts next week. We will continue our role as the de-facto official opposition by sharing ideas on how to take Alberta forward in difficult times by releasing another alternative budget, ideas about how to rebuild the Heritage Fund, and other policies."

"Running in this byelection is not the best use of our resources as we build towards 2019,” said Greg Clark, leader of the Alberta Party. “We have a clear plan to build the Alberta Party and we’re on track to be a significant factor in the 2019 general election.

Although the party had more than one qualified candidate express interest in running in the byelection, a conscious choice not to run was made.

“Though we had several great candidates express interest in running, we decided it was best to stick to our long-term strategic plan,” adds Alberta Party President Pat Cochrane. “We know many people will be disappointed not to have an Alberta Party candidate on the ballot in Greenway.”

“We will continue to work diligently to build constituency associations all around Alberta and plan to give all Albertans, including the people of Calgary-Greenway, the opportunity to elect an Alberta Party candidate in the next general election."

Anyone interested in in joining the Alberta Party, donating, or assisting in building the party can get involved at albertaparty.ca.

 

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For interviews with Greg Clark, please contact:

Natasha Soles
Communications Coordinator, Alberta Party Caucus
Email: natasha.soles@assembly.ab.ca
Mobile: 780-722-4733

For other comments or interview queries, please contact:

Meagan Wade
Communications, Alberta Party
Email: media@albertaparty.ca
Mobile: 403-596-1446


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  • commented 2016-03-10 14:36:57 -0700
    We had hopes from the Alberta Party, hopes that you would consider the little guy, hopes that you would try to form a real government by the people. Those hopes have been in vain. You’ve insulted the constituents of Calgary Greenway twice now by not running a candidate. You have lost my support and respect by simply focusing on the ONE member in the legislature, He is an independent, NOT a member of any party. One simply cannot be a party of one. You don’t think we are worth the effort? I can guarantee your candidate, whenever/if ever you decide to run one will not be worth the effort of a vote from most Calgarians either.

    Oh an by the way, your ideas on how to run the government don’t take into account either the mess in the oil fields or the fact that many unionized provincial employees have not had a contract for nearly a year. Go ahead, step into a hospital a few days after stating that those staff members don’t deserve the money they earn. You are simply just another PC group wanting to only help the rich get richer.
  • commented 2016-03-10 14:36:56 -0700
    We had hopes from the Alberta Party, hopes that you would consider the little guy, hopes that you would try to form a real government by the people. Those hopes have been in vain. You’ve insulted the constituents of Calgary Greenway twice now by not running a candidate. You have lost my support and respect by simply focusing on the ONE member in the legislature, He is an independent, NOT a member of any party. One simply cannot be a party of one. You don’t think we are worth the effort? I can guarantee your candidate, whenever/if ever you decide to run one will not be worth the effort of a vote from most Calgarians either.

    Oh an by the way, your ideas on how to run the government don’t take into account either the mess in the oil fields or the fact that many unionized provincial employees have not had a contract for nearly a year. Go ahead, step into a hospital a few days after stating that those staff members don’t deserve the money they earn. You are simply just another PC group wanting to only help the rich get richer.
  • commented 2016-03-09 19:03:04 -0700
    Start by hiring a ghost writer. Your English is not up to snuff. Neither is your arithmetic if you think you’re “official opposition”.

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