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article imageAlberta Premier Alison Redford resigns

By Paula Kirman     Mar 20, 2014 in Politics
Edmonton - In an emotional speech early Wednesday evening, Alberta's Premier Alison Redford announced her resignation, effective this Sunday, March 23.
Redford said that she had an "important announcement" for 6 p.m. and all Members of the Legislative Assembly were to attend.
In her speech, Redford praised the accomplishments of the Progressive Conservative government, and said she did not want the current turmoil in her cabinet to get in the way of the work that needs to be done in the province.
“Quite simply, I am not prepared to allow party and caucus infighting to get in the way of building a better future for our province and for all Albertans,” Redford said in a brief speech. “And that is why I am announcing today that with a profound optimism for Alberta’s future, I am resigning as premier of Alberta, effective this Sunday.”
Redford did not specifically talk about what this "turmoil" entails. However, it has been a rough couple of weeks for the soon to be former Premier of Alberta, who has been facing backlash within her own party for allegedly abusing power.
Earlier this year, Redford expensed $45,000 on a trip to South Africa to attend the funeral of Nelson Mandela. She finally paid back the money in mid-March, but more allegations of the questionable spending of public money had come to light. Then, two members of her caucus — backbencher Len Webber, and associate minister for electricity Donna Kennedy-Glans — quit. Webber now sits as an independent.
With her approval rating hovering at 18 percent, Redford's announcement was not a complete surprise for many. She will remain MLA for Calgary-Elbow.
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