Alison Redford's Tories lose another MLA

Alberta Premier Alison Redford leaves Government House after a caucus meeting in Edmonton on March...

Alberta Premier Alison Redford leaves Government House after a caucus meeting in Edmonton on March 17, 2014. (Perry Mah/QMI Agency)

Matt Dykstra, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:30 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Premier Alison Redford received a sarcastic standing ovation from Wildrose Opposition MLAs on Monday as yet another Tory MLA quit her caucus to sit as an Independent, citing a resistance to change within the Progressive Conservative government.

In a surprise move, Calgary-Varsity MLA and associate minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Donna Kennedy-Glans resigned from both her post in cabinet and the PC caucus just as Tory MLAs gathered for a morning caucus meeting in Edmonton.

Just the night before, 10 other PC MLAs held a private "potluck dinner and policy conversation" in the city as their caucus faces the possibility of more members joining Calgary-Foothills MLA Len Webber, who was the first to quit while calling Redford a "bully."

PC MLAs arriving to Monday's caucus talk displayed mixed and somewhat cryptic reactions to both Kennedy-Glans' departure and the private "potluck" meeting.

"I don't know much about what they talked about but you're either a part of the team or you're not," Finance Minister Doug Horner said, adding there's good initiatives in 2014 budget.

"It's unfortunate that the noise of a few is overshadowing some very good work in the province."

Energy Minister Diana McQueen said she has a lot of respect for Kennedy-Glans, but "each MLA has to make decisions that are right for them."

Red Deer-North MLA Mary Anne Jablonski seemed to support Kennedy-Glans' decision to leave, saying of Redford that "a leader can only lead if people will follow".

Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill MLA Neil Brown said there are concerns about Redford's leadership style that he hopes are addressed in the new "work plan" that was assigned to her by Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta (PCAA) executives during a weekend meeting in Calgary.


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