Calgary Elbow MLA Doug Schweitzer has called it quits.
After announcing earlier this year that he would not be seeking re-election in the coming 2023 spring election, Schweitzer announced via social media that he would be departing at the end of the month, but stepped down as Minister effective today.
"I provided Premier Kenney with my resignation from Cabinet. My plan is to serve as an MLA until the end of this month or such other date established closer to that time," Schweitzer said in a news release.
He added, "It was an honour to serve alongside the Premier and my colleagues. I believe that people will look back at the last 6-12 months as the economic turning point for Alberta. "
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney thanked Schweitzer for his service and his years of service to the people of Alberta. "Doug played an important role in creation of the (UCP) and served admirably as the MLA for Calgary-Elbow and both Minister of Justice and Solicitor General and Minister of Jobs, Economy, and Innovation."
With Schweitzer's departure from the Legislature, the structure of the Legislature would sit at 60 UCP MLA, 23 NDP MLA's and 3 Independent MLA.