Lethbridge: Provincial Liberal leader David Swann and his caucus were in our city Friday
for meetings with local officials and for their annual fundraiser.
Swann reiterated, he's stepping aside, because his party needs to "get
younger". He says that's already happening, as the party now has the youngest
executive in Edmonton.
As for the next legislative session, which begins February 22nd, Swann
expects it to be very brief -- perhaps just five or six weeks. During that
time, he anticipates the primary focus will be the next provincial budget.
Swann expects the governing Tories to be in a state of turmoil, now that
Premier ed Stelmach has announced he's stepping down. With two government
ministers already resigning their posts (Ted Morton and Doug Horner) so they can
chase the Leadership, it's expected the Liberals may have some extra time to
regroup and find a replacement for Swann.
Lethbridge-East Liberal MLA Bridget Pastoor, believes the next leader will
need to devote at least 10-years to rebuilding the party. While Pastoor believes
you should "Never say Never", at this point, she doesn't feel she is willing to
commit to that amount of time to the task.