As the fifth and final stop on a quick tour of the province to announce his candidacy for the Alberta PC Party leadership, Ken Hughes was in Grande Prairie this weekend.
The Calgary-West MLA said it was important to come this far north.
“I wanted to come to Grande Prairie to demonstrate my commitment to the fact that I want to be premier of all of Alberta. The Peace country, and Grande Prairie in particular, are really important aspects of the future of this province; there is a lot going on here.”
Hughes points to the new hospital and high school as showing the explosive growth our community is experiencing.
As the youngest of six children from a small rural town, the Calgary-West MLA believes that will be key in his hopes of eventually becoming premier.
“Being part of that kind of a background, I think, enables me to be able to work with and relate to and roll up the sleeves and work with anybody in Alberta to get the job done.”
He adds he’ll be travelling the province in a Ford F-150, showing he’s still in touch with the people who are building Alberta.
He met with local constituency boards as the first person to throw their name into the hat to replace interim leader Dave Hancock.
The Tories will select their new leader in September.