Calgary Shaw and Former Minister of Children Services Rebecca Schulz has made it official she is in the hunt to be the next leader of the United Conservative Party of Alberta.
Schulz who was first elected in 2019, made the announcement in her home riding of Calgary Shaw with about 50 supporters in attendance.
"I'm pleased to announce that I'm running for the leadership of the United Conservative Party," Schulz said to applause.
In her opening remarks of the campaign, Schulz said that she is committed to getting the party back on track, the province back on track, and ensuring the party wins in 2023, "I'm committing to you right now, that I will knock on 1000's of doors in every single riding right across this province, I will make countless phone calls.
"I will do everything possible to make sure that this province does not go backwards with the NDP," Schulz added.
The Calgary-Shaw MLA said that she believes that the fight to win is essential because, "(Alberta) is absolutely the best province in our country to live, to work, and to raise a family."
Prior to entering politics in Alberta, Schulz worked in Saskatchewan under Premier Brad Wall.
When pressed about her being at the cabinet table and now wanting to get the province back on track, Schulz said that she is proud to be part of the UCP team, " I'm proud to be part of this team that has really driven the economic recovery in this province.
"I do have a different approach, and I think most of my colleagues who have worked with me would know that I do have a unique approach," She added.