The hope of the management of the UCP makes a stopover in the region


Former Alberta Children’s Services Minister Rebecca Schulz includes stops in Didsbury and Sundre

Restoring trust with Albertans and restructuring a government that some people have come to view as arrogant are among the top priorities identified by UCP leadership candidate Rebecca Schulz.

“Albertans said they wanted to see a different tone, a different approach – that they felt like the government had really lost touch and had the right; some said arrogant,” she told the Albertan on Tuesday August 16 during a brief interview after addressing a crowd of around two dozen people at Cedar’s Pub in Sundre.

“And I go, ‘You know what? I hear you; we can do better on this front.

Schulz also made a campaign stop in Didsbury yesterday (August 26).

She says her biggest motivation to run for the province’s top spot is her love of Alberta and her desire to help secure a prosperous future.

Thus, the former Minister of Children’s Services resigned from her previous post to run for the leadership of the party.

“There has to be a restructuring in terms of how the political staff works,” she said when asked what would be among her first tasks if elected.

“There are a few civil servants who I think will have to take early retirement. We have a huge program.

A native of Saskatchewan, Schulz says he’s heard Albertans say that “same old, same old” doesn’t work.

She added that unity among Alberta Conservatives is key to winning the upcoming provincial election next spring.

“We can win in the next election as long as we choose the right leader who can actually beat Rachel Notley and then put a plan in place not only to govern competently for the next six to seven months, but also to campaign and win in every corner of this province,” she said.

When asked how she envisioned bridging the gap between small ‘c’ progressive fiscal conservatives and social conservatives, she replied, “When I look at conservative values, and what we stand for in terms of economic growth , jobs and opportunities, and making sure we still have that entrepreneurial spirit where less government is better government and government helps break down barriers so businesses can do what they do best , nonprofits can do what they do best – I think the vast majority of Albertans think that’s important. ”

Voters also want a government that cares about people and listens to them, she said.

As to how his approach to leadership would differ from the example set by the government over the past three-plus years, Schulz said the majority of UCP leadership candidates mostly agreed on a range of questions. Thus, the priority seems to be to choose a leader who has the best chance of achieving electoral victory in 2023.

“I don’t believe everyone in this race can,” she said, adding that the UCP needed a leader who resonated with a majority of voters.

When asked if defeating Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley was more important than a proposal for a strong political platform, she said: “They are both important as we are moving forward because if we can’t win the next election, our politics and our platform won’t. it really matters.

The other candidates for the leadership of the UCP are: Leela Aheer, Todd Loewen, Rajan Sawhney, Brian Jean, Danielle Smith and Travis Toews.

Party members will elect a new leader on Thursday, October 6 through a mail-in ballot with the option to vote in person at any of five polling stations across the province.


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