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Schweitzer announces he will not run for UCP leadership, seek re-election

Schweitzer announces he will not run for UCP leadership, seek re-election

Doug Schweitzer
Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation Doug Schweitzer, announces $1 million in financial support for women in science, technology, engineering and math at NorQuest College Tuesday, March 8, 2022. Photo by Ed Kaiser /Postmedia

Alberta’s Jobs, Economy and Innovations minister will not be seeking UCP leadership or re-election.

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Doug Schweitzer made the announcement in a statement posted on Twitter Monday night.

“Over the past few days, I have been truly honoured and humbled at the support I have received for a potential candidacy to run for the leadership of the United Conservative Party and become Alberta’s next premier,” he said.

“However, after much consideration, I have made the decision to not run for leader of the UCP or seek re-election as the MLA for Calgary-Elbow.”

Schweitzer said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family.

To help ensure the “continuity and stability” of the Alberta government, Schweitzer said he plans to continue his work on Alberta’s Economic Recovery Plan and remain in cabinet until a new leader is elected.

Schweitzer was elected MLA for Calgary-Elbow in 2019 and served as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. He has been the province’s Jobs, Economy and Innovations minister for the past two years.

Schweitzer mentioned that thousands of Albertans have returned to work and the unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since 2015. He added high-paying jobs and quality of life are bringing more people to the province.

“Put simply, Alberta is back,” he said.

Schweitzer thanked his supporters and team members and said he is proud of what they have accomplished.

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