Between criss crossing the province to shore up support for Federal Conservative Leadership Candidate Pierre Poilievre, and being Federal Shadow Minister of Employment, Future Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Calgary Midnapore MP Stephanie Kusie is adding a new role to her job, Co-Chair of the Rebecca Schulz Leadership Campaign.
The Calgary MP was an early supporter of Schulz, and earlier this week she was named a co-chair fo the Schulz campaign alongside former Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose.
At a campaign event at Kildare Ale House in Kusie's Calgary Midnapore riding, she said that Schulz has delivered results for the people in Alberta, and she is the only candidate in the UCP leadership race that has gone toe-to-toe with Prime Minsiter Justin Trudeau and won.
With approximately 100 Schulz supporters in attendance, Kusie said that this is an important election, "I'm concerned like many Albertan's about the future of our province. We all remember 2015 to 2019 and what it was like. It wasn't pretty.
"We saw our Natural Resource sector decimated, we saw our educational system highjacked, and we saw government expenses ballooning. And frankly I never want to see another NDP government in this province again," Kusie said to applause.
Schulz was introduced by Kusie during the evenings event, and said that the last thing the province and the party needs is anger and division, "We as Conservatives are not the opponents, Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP are our opponents."
The leadership hopeful said that she doesn't want the UCP to be the party people vote for to stop the NDP but, "I want you to say that (the UCP is my party) and I support them because they have a vision for the future."
In a one-on-one interview after her speeches, Kusie said that Schulz has shown that she is the level headed candidate the province needs to go up against Trudeau, "We absolutely need to assert our position as a province within the confederation. (Alberta) has gotten the short end of the stick for a long time, so it absolutely has to be a priority for whoever is the Premier.
"Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Government disregard, they ignore, they make fun of anyone who they consider to be to extreme and who doesn't present reasonable, credible ideas for how to work together within the federation," Kusie added. "I think Rebecca presents a reasonable pragmatic approach that Justin Trudeau has to consider when he's coming to the table with Alberta."
To vote in the October United Conservative Leadership Election, Albertans must sign up before Friday August 12th at 5:00 PM. Schulz is one of 7 candidates running to be the leader of the UCP and next Premier of Alberta. Other candidates include, Former Minister of Finance Travis Toews, Former Transportation Minister Rajan Sawhney, Former Minister of Culture Leela Aheer, UCP MLA Brian Jean, Independent MLA Todd Loewen, and Former Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith.