Minister Hughes Resigns to Allegedly Enter Tory leadership Race

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

Calgary-West MLA and Alberta’s Minister for Municipal Affairs, Ken Hughes, has announced his decision to resign from his cabinet position ahead of his expected bid for the Progressive Conservative leadership. According to a statement issued by Mr. Hughes on Monday, he revealed to have had informed Premier, Dave Hancock, that he was resigning as Municipal Affairs minister immediately. Mr. Hughes stated that “other developments can be expected in the coming days.”

Most recently, Alberta Premier Alison Redford resigned from her position as the premier in light of a growing outcry over her expenses and management style. At the time, Hughes announced to launch an exploratory committee to determine whether he should run for Tory leader. He revealed that the committee would collect and assess feedback assimilated from the public and make a decision in two weeks. The PC members are anticipated to select a new leader, and Alberta premier, in September, with Hancock serving in the interim.

A former PC MP and the first chair of Alberta Health Services, Hughes, mentioned in his statement that he intends to focus on public trust, confidence in leadership and respecting the public dollar. He mentioned that “most decisions of this government over the past couple of years were the right ones for Alberta.” Additionally, Hughes added that “some decisions that have come to light in recent months are completely and utterly indefensible. Those decisions do not reflect my values, the values of Albertans, nor the values of the Progressive Conservative party I know.”

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