Alberta Jobs Minister Doug Schweitzer won't run for party leader or in next election

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EDMONTON — A high-profile member of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s cabinet says he won’t run in the party race to replace Kenney and also won’t run in the next election.

Jobs, Economy and Innovation Minister Doug Schweitzer says in a public statement that it’s time to spend more time with his family, adding he can leave confident that Alberta is on the financial rebound.

Schweitzer is a lawyer and a first-time legislature member for the United Conservative Party, representing the constituency of Calgary-Elbow, but he has deep roots in politics.

He was a longtime conservative strategist in Manitoba, and in Alberta managed the 2014 leadership campaign of former Alberta premier Jim Prentice.

He lost to Kenney in the 2017 race to become the first leader of the UCP but served in his cabinet as justice minister before moving to the jobs portfolio.

The party is now organizing a leadership race, and Kenney has said he will step down once a new leader is chosen.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 24, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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