Alberta Party’s Stephen Mandel is stepping down from his role as the party’s leader. On Friday, it was confirmed that Mandel will resign after 15 months on the job to pursue his role as chancellor at Concordia University.
Alberta Party President and Grande Prairie resident Conrad Guay says Mandel did a lot of good for the party as its leader.
“The growth that we saw since he won the leadership early last year; the amount of fundraising we managed to do; fielding 87 candidates which we view as a huge success story. We may not have won any seats in the legislature but the growth that this party has experienced under his leadership really can’t be compared to anything else in our history.”
The 72-year-old former Edmonton mayor took over as leader of the party in February 2018. Guay says they will be looking for a temporary replacement until they can regroup following the last election.
“We will be looking to appoint an interim leader in the short term and that is just so that we can come up with a good plan to hold a full-fledged leadership race sometime in the future. That was based on how much energy all of the volunteers and the province used up during the provincial election.”
Mandel will officially leave his post on June 30th.