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Progressive Conservatives elect Jim Prentice as leader

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Jim Prentice is the new leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party.

Jim Prentice is the new leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party.
Prentice defeated Thomas Lukaszuk and Ric McIver in balloting by party members on the weekend.
“The end of this leadership campaign represents a new beginning,” Prentice said. “Tonight, we begin the work of restoring trust in government — and making Albertans proud of those who serve our province.”
Prentice earned 77 per cent of the votes cast by party members Saturday.
Prentice said he will contest a by-election to gain a seat in the Legislature.
In his acceptance speech, Prentice vowed the party will focus on sound conservative principles while helping Alberta realize its potential.
“My election as leader of this party marks the beginning of a commitment to integrity and the acceptance of responsibility,” Prentice said. “Albertans expect excellence and performance from those who are in positions of trust. They will not accept excuses. This must apply to the government of Alberta, but first and foremost it must apply to our party.”
Prentice said he heard on the campaign trail that Albertans expect honesty and hard work from politicians.
‘They expect their politicians to understand the difference between right and wrong, and to behave accordingly,” Prentice said.
Albertans also told Prentice they want the province to realize its potential in agriculture, forestry, tourism and energy.
“Above all else, they want their voices heard, because good policy and good government always begin with the people,” Prentice said.
Prentice spent much of his youth in Grande Cache, where his father worked as a miner and later as an accountant.
Prentice later became a miner in the Crowsnest Pass to pay his way through university.
Prentice earned a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Alberta and later a bachelor of laws from Dalhousie University.
Prentice worked in private practice in Calgary, eventually specializing in land owner cases including farm and ranch relocations.
Prentice was elected MP for the Calgary North riding in 2004, being re-elected in 2006 and 2008.
As an MP, Prentice served in cabinet as minister of industry, environment and Indian affairs and northern development.
Prentice also chaired the operations committee.
After leaving federal politics Prentice became vice-chairman and executive vice-president of CIBC.
Prentice said as a youth working in the mines he had big dreams.
“I still dream big dreams,” Prentice said. “Now we are going to dream them together and we are going to fulfil the promise of an Alberta that rewards ingenuity, promotes innovation and, at times, gets just a little bit restless.”
“Ours is a new time. We face new challenges. We see before us new opportunities. You can feel it across our province. Together we are building something special here.”

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