Irfan Sabir the MLA for Calgary-Bhullar-McCall is looking to head back to Edmonton after the next provincial election.
Sabir was acclaimed as the candidate for Rachel Notley's Alberta NDP at a meeting Thursday night. He said in his acceptance speech, "There is a lot more work we can do together.
"It is a pleasure to be here with all of you," Sabir stated. "The last three years have been difficult due to the outcome of the pandemic and the choices that the government has made."
Sabir said that the self-congratulations that the United Conservative Party has given itself on handling the pandemic are shocking, "The UCP has claimed that Alberta has handled the pandemic better than other provinces. But we have seen a significantly lower uptick in vaccination, and more needless infections and deaths because of the choices made by Premier Kenney and the UCP."
The Two Term MLA for North East Calgary said that the UCP government has pitted the economy against the pandemic causing failures, "All the while they continued to attack our healthcare system and those who work in it."
Sabir stated that under a Notley government the provincial government would work for everybody and not just a select few, "We will end the mismanagement of this pandemic and this province and will focus on issues facing families and Albertans, and a recovery that will leave no one behind."
Sabir was elected in 2015, in the riding of Calgary-McCall. He was re-elected in 2019 with a wider margin than in 2015. The riding was renamed Calgary-Bhullar-McCall in 2021 after the late Manmeet Bhullar the MLA who died in 2015 trying to help a stranded motorist along Highway 2 between Edmonton and Red Deer.