Schweitzer announces departure from politics at end of term



Considered by some to be a potential candidate to replace Jason Kenney as leader of the United Conservative Party, and Premier of Alberta, Doug Schweitzer the MLA for Calgary-Elbow has announced his intentions to not seek the leadership or re-election in 2023.


Schweitzer said in a statement posted to social media, "In the 2019 general election, I was honoured to be elected as the MLA for Calgary-Elbow and serve as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General where I worked tirelessly to ensure Albertans are safe, secure, and protected wherever they live.


"As Minister of Jobs, Economy, and Innovation for the last two years, I was afforded the opportunity to lead Alberta's Economic Recovery Plan. We coordinated industry strategies across Government and directly developed provincial strategies for: technology and innovation, aerospace and logistics, manufacturing, film and television, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, and tourism," the Calgary-Elbow MLA stated.


He went on to add, "After 8 years, I am looking forward to spending more time with my family. I could not have served our province so diligently without their immense sacrifice and support. "


Schweitzer was first elected in 2019, and defeated former Alberta Party MLA Greg Clark.


The next election in Alberta is set for May 2023.


Schweitzer becomes the third sitting MLA to announce their departure from the politics at the end of the legislature sitting in 2023. Others include Alberta NDP Richard Feehan and Jon Carson.