PC Leadership Candidate Lukaszuk Supports Primer Hancock, Current MLAs

PC leadership Candidate, Thomas Lukaszuk, has mentioned that his rival Jim Prentice is being “unfair” and “offensive” by stating that the current Tory caucus is leaderless. Mr. Lukaszuk’s campaign gave these remarks on Thursday in response to the statement by issued by Prentice on Wednesday that said “this caucus has no leadership and, as a result, reflects everything you see in a team with no leadership. It can be fixed very quickly.”

Lukaszuk alleged that he considers that the statement an insult to the caretaker Premier Dave Hancock and fellow MLAs. He mentioned that “you’re insinuating Mr. Hancock isn’t exhibiting qualities of leadership,” adding that “this short-lived premiership is one of the hardest you’ll have…he is keeping it all together and at the same time serving Albertans well.” He added that “if I were Premier Hancock, I’d be offended.” According to Lukaszuk, Prentice’s comments are insinuating that PC MLAs are incapable of making decisions and “the caucus is not a pack of sheep that unless they have a shepherd, they’d go in disarray.”

Anticipated forerunner of the race, Prentice, is believed to have had support of much of the PC caucus. In light of the ongoing scandals surrounding ex-premier Alison Redford, majority of her party’s critics claim that she did not act alone and that it is the mindset of a party requiring either electoral defeat or major housecleaning. Whereas, Lukaszuk claims that the party needs a fresh approach, alleging that as premier, he’d welcome many current MLAs into cabinet and “it would not be difficult with the MLAs we have now.”

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