Fuelled By Albertans: Aheer Launches UCP Bid In Calgary

Chestermere - Strathmore MLA Leela Aheer was in Calgary ramping up her run to be the next leader of the United Conservative Party and Premier of Alberta.

Speaking to about 100 supporters in North East Calgary, Aheer laid it out on the line in her speech to the attendees. She stated that the party has made mistakes in the past, but the party has grown stronger and learnt from the past.

The UCP candidate said that the next leader has to be someone that is humble and be willing to be a team player "(We need) a leader that doesn't stand in front of you, but someone who stands beside's you, someone whose shoulders you stand on."

Aheer said that being the leader of the UCP will ultimately mean finding where the talent lies in the caucus, "I think the biggest issue that we've had in the past is that there just wasn't that ability to bond and find out where everybody's talents and strengths were."

She added that so much can be accomplished when everyone works together for one common goal, " [T]hink about what we can actually accomplish if we work together. And if we have solid policies that are Alberta-based policies that are centred and grounded in conversation and consultation, you just have a very different buy-in." She continues to say that the next premier will have to act like a choir director, "You have to have a conductor that understands the various talents and gifts of all of those people."

Two areas in which the party will need to address after a new leader is elected are listening and consultation Aheer openly stated.

When asked about the news release from 72 municipalities mayors, and reeves across Alberta, and the National Police Federation, regarding the implementation of a provincial police force, Aheer said that it shows to her that the province hasn't consulted enough on the issue, "We haven't consulted enough (regarding the issue of a provincial police force).

"(Alberta has) a lot of rural areas that are really frustrated, so we have a lot of work to do. The question I would ask you back is that if we were to have provincial police or have a rural police force, are you actually changing and fixing the issues that (rural Albertans) are facing?"