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MLA McDonald confident in government's future without Redford

Although her decision shocked several members of her caucus, MLA Everett McDonald says Premier Alison Redford’s party supports her and will rally to find a new PC leader.

The Grande Prairie – Wapiti representative believes recent events like her expensive trip to Africa lost some of the province’s trust.

“Certainly the trip to Africa was one of the highlights that we heard, and I think Alison has struggled with communicating her message back to the public in a way that was easy to understand.”

The caucus has already selected Deputy Premier Dave Hancock as Redford’s interim replacement, and a leadership vote will later be held.

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McDonald says he doesn’t believe Redford’s resignation will change the government’s path moving forward.

“I think this is just an exciting turn of events, really. This will give Albertans a chance to make sure that we have a leader that they have chosen and that our government can move forward.”

McDonald maintains the government’s focus will stay on the budget during the leadership search.

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