Doug Schweizter had announced that he would not run again in the next provincial election of 2023. (Archives)
Alberta Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation, Doug Schweitzer, announces he is leaving Jason Kenney's cabinet. He says he will also step down as United Conservative Party (UCP) MP for Calgary-Elbow by the end of August.
Doug Schweitzer did not give a reason for his departure.
In a brief message he posted on his Twitter account, he greeted Prime Minister Jason Kenney and thanked his supporters.
It was an honor to serve alongside the Prime Minister and my colleagues, he wrote. I think people will see the last 6-12 months as Alberta's economic turning point.
Jason Kenney also posted a message on Twitter thanking the Minister for his years of service.
Doug was instrumental in the creation of the United Conservative Party and has served admirably as as Member of Parliament for Calgary-Elbow, as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, and as Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation, writes the Prime Minister.
The New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate for the riding of Calgary-Elbow, Samir Kayande, also thanked Doug Schweitzer for his years of public service and wished him well for the future.
I am excited to run in a by-election or general election and offer the people of Calgary-Elbow the opportunity to send a message to this UCP government that failed, he added.
A by-election in a constituency must be called within six months of the opening of a seat.
Doug Schweitzer came far behind Jason Kenney in the PCU leadership race in 2017. He then joined Jason Kenney's cabinet in 2019.
He had already announced in May that he would not run in the next provincial elections, scheduled for May 2023.
His resignation from Jason's cabinet Kenney comes as PCU members will have to choose who will replace the prime minister on October 6.