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Travis Toews hits the campaign trail in bid to lead the UCP

Campaign announcement focuses on theme of responsible, stable leadership
Travis Toews on his ranch near Beaverlodge, AB. Photo: Leah Murray

From his ranch near Beaverlodge, Finance Minister Travis Toews announced today he's seeking the UCP leadership.

The first-term legislature member for Grande Prairie-Wapiti constituency, who has been finance minister since April 2019 and the start of Kenney's government, registered his candidacy on the Elections Alberta website before making the Tuesday announcement, where he was surrounded by family and supporters at his northern Alberta property.

Saying "we must learn from our missteps," Toews added he wants to lead the UCP on a path of 'unity and healing' for a stronger Alberta. “I’m running to lead our party back to the foundations that united us. It’s time to lay aside our differences to focus on our shared vision – a hopeful future for our children and grandchildren, on the foundation of a free and prosperous Alberta," he said.

Toews is a born and raised Albertan, making this next political leap following a nearly two-decade career in a public accounting firm, and (with wife Kim) running a family cattle ranching business and environmental services company in northern Alberta. Toews became an MLA in 2019.   UCP backbencher Brian Jean and former Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith have both said they will run for the UCP leadership, but haven't officially thrown their hats into the ring.

No date has yet been set for the leadership contest, though it expected to take place this fall.