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Pastoor Reaffirms She Won't Seek Provincial Liberal Leadership -- But, Likes Party Voting Changes

LETHBRIDGE:  With Political options expanding on the provincial horizon at least one party is re-thinking how it functions.

As the usual Conservative, Liberal and N-D-P brands are joined by the Wildrose Alliance and the Alberta party, the Liberals will now allow all eligible voters in the province who register support with the party, to vote in the leadership and nomination contest. No Membership required. You can check it out at  

Lethbridge-East MLA Bridget Pastoor finds it exciting and notes the young "middle" Liberals have made some amazing changes in her own party. She is referring to the Special General meeting in Calgary on May 29th, where the Party voted to overhaul their organization, which includes a By-law amendment which binds the organization to member policy and changes the way votes for leader are counted, and the new, open leadership and nomination participation rules which took effect immediately.

According to Pastoor, we are going to see a new Premier elected by the Conservatives as well as a new leader of the official opposition (Liberal) and they have just elected the leader of another opposition party (the Alberta Party). She went on to say, "I think that everybody should be voting -- I don't think this should be a party thing -- nominations to run for the party is a party thing but, when you're electing a leader, I think everybody should have a crack at that".

Pastoor is hoping the changes will encourage more people to get involved in the political process. She is also expecting more Albertans to become politically active as the repercussions over Education cuts filter down and agitation increases. According to Pastoor, education and health care questions are what "Albertans should be asking all these people that want to be leaders in this province".

As for the leadership of the provincial Liberals, Country 95 News asked Pastoor if she had changed her mind. She stated, "My official response is no -- thank you very much -- I'm glad people would like to think I could do it but, no, I think that we (the party) have four exceptionally good candidates for people to choose from and I think that pick is going to be difficult for people that will get involved".

The four candidates who have so far declared their intentions to seek the Liberal party leadership are Laurie Blakeman, Hugh MacDonald, Bruce Payne and Dr. Raj Sherman. The Alberta Liberal leadership contest concludes September 10th at a leadership event in Edmonton.

Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 4/16/2014 3:20:39 PM
Source: Dori Modney -- Country 95 News
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