Grande Prairie—Mackenzie MP Chris Warkentin is throwing his support behind MLA Travis Toews as he looks to become the leader of the United Conservative Party.
Warkentin says the Grande Prairie—Wapiti MLA has shown what he is capable of in just under three years as finance minister of Alberta. He adds he believes Toews entered politics for the right reasons, specifically, to help residents across the province.
“He didn’t get into politics for a job he reluctantly entered public life believing he had something to contribute at a time when the province desperately needed strong leadership,” he says.
“He’s a recent newcomer to politics, but, I believe his wealth of knowledge and experience will serve us well. I believe he is best positioned to serve as our next premier.”
Warkentin says his relationship with Toews predates his time in provincial politics and started during Toews’s time as not only a local business owner but during his stint as the Chairman of the Canadian Cattleman’s Association.
MP Warkentin says during that time, Toews worked diligently with the Harper government looking to reopen access to the international beef market for products produced here at home.
“I just saw his passion to defend the interest of Albertans, but doing it in such a way where he got real results, and we were able to make huge headway on important files to access international markets,” Warkentin says.
“That’s the kind of thoughtful, determined leadership that we need right now.”
Toews will be up against candidates Former Wildrose Party of Alberta leaders Danielle Smith and Brian Jean, as well as Central Peace—Notley MLA Todd Loewen, Calgary-North East MLA Rajan Sawhney, Chestermere—Strathmore MLA Leela Aheer, and Calgary—Shaw MLA Rebecca Schulz. The new leader of the UCP will be selected on October 6th.