In an exclusive interview with the Cross Border Interviews with Chris Brown that will air on February 28th, Green Party of Alberta (GPA) leader Jordan Wilkie stated that the party will keep its focus on 2023 provincial election and will not be fielding a candidate in the Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche by-eleciton set for March 15th.
"We will run a candidate in 2023, but not in the by-election." Wilkie said on the soon to air episode.
"(The GPA) needs to ensure that we support our candidates and have all the resources that (candidates) need to feel safe, secure and heard and that they can represent the party properly," Wilkie added.
Since taking over as leader of the GPA, Wilkie stated in the interview that he and his team have been working non stop to get the party on a good standing, "We want to get to a legitimate place where we can be the strong third party (for voters)."
During the interview, Wilkie said that he would be looking for candidates in all ridings for the 2023 provincial election, "I want to have 87 candidates, I think we will have 87, we have opened up on vetting process and nominations."
Wilkie announced earlier this year that he would be seeking the nomination for the riding of Banff - Kananaskis.
Our interview with the GPA leader airs Monday February 28th, at 9:00 AM. Tune into our Youtube Channel or subscribe to where ever you get your favourite podcasts.
With the Greens not fielding a candidate it leaves the Alberta Advantage Party, Alberta New Democratic Party, The United Conservative Party, the Independence Party of Alberta, and the Wildrose Independence Party running candidates in the October 15th elections.
The Alberta Party has yet to name a candidate. The Alberta Liberals did have a candidate according to the Elections Alberta website, but was withdrawn on the same day.
Candidates have until February 25 at 2:00 PM to submit their nominations papers.
The Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche By-Election will take place on March 15th.
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