Alberta Tories to pick a new leader in fall

Flanked by supporters, including party president Jim McCormick, left, Alison Redford speaks with...

Flanked by supporters, including party president Jim McCormick, left, Alison Redford speaks with media after an executive board meeting with the Progressive Conservative party of Alberta in Calgary on March 15, 2014. (Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

EDMONTON - The Alberta Tories will pick a new leader in September.

The Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta (PCAA) announced after a meeting in Red Deer Monday night that the first leadership vote will take place Sept. 6 and a second vote will happen Sept. 20 if needed.

Voting will be open to every Albertan over age 14 who has purchased a PC membership.

Each candidate is required to pay a $50,000 non-refundable deposit to run for the top job.

"We expect a tremendous group of qualified candidates to put their name forth, and more details will follow in the coming days," PC Alberta President Jim McCormick said in a statement.

The party has not announced a starting date for the race.

On Sunday, Dave Hancock replaced Alison Redford as premier of the province. Redford resigned last week after two MLAs quit the party and other members of the party were vocal in their criticism of her.


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