Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner says she won’t enter Alberta UCP leadership race

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Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner won’t be throwing her hat into the ring to exchange Jason Kenney in Alberta in spite of everything.

The longtime Calgary politician had been publicly mulling a run on the leadership for weeks, and had even stepped again from her function as co-chair on Patrick Brown’s run for the federal Conservative leadership in an effort to contemplate the transfer.

Indeed, some polling this week recommended she would have joined the race as a frontrunner.

But in an online post Thursday, she stated that though she had the chops, the crew and the household help to do it, she was finally dissuaded by the “significant level of hurt and uncertainty,” within the UCP ranks that had prompted the departure of the previous chief.

“In the hundred plus conversations I’ve had with folks close to the situation over the last week, my key takeaway was that the acrimony that led up to Jason’s leadership review is still raw.”

More to come back.

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