Tannas won't run for PC leadership

Politics: Senator was targe of "draft Scott" campaign

By: Don Patterson

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Apr 09, 2014 06:00 am

Senator Scott Tannas from High River has announced he will not be throwing his hat in the ring for the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership race.
Senator Scott Tannas from High River has announced he will not be throwing his hat in the ring for the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership race.
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A Canadian senator from High River will not be making the jump to the Alberta premier’s chair.

Sen. Scott Tannas announced last week that he would not take a run for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party after being the subject of a ‘draft Scott’ campaign by supporters.

He said he was honoured people would consider him, but it’s not something he’s interested in at this time.

“No, it wasn’t in my plans,” he said. “It wasn’t on my bucket list. It wasn’t something that I had contemplated.”

Tannas said he has to consider his position as an elected member of the Senate of Canada, a job he campaigned for and received 350,000 votes from Albertans to do so.

He said he was asked to consider running by a group of senior party members. After discussing the idea with colleagues, family and friends he decided not to pursue it.

“I’m sure many others were as well and I considered it and made my decision,” he said.

Tannas said the next party leader and premier will need a special mixture of skills as the province is at a key point in its history. He said it will take a mix of management and communication skills, energy, vision and humility, combined with a willingness to take on the role in an ever changing atmosphere.

“It’s a tough environment right now, there’s no question about it,” he said.

Suzanne Oel, president of the Highwood Progressive Conservative riding association, said she would have been pleased to see Tannas serve as premier, but she also appreciates his responsibilities in his position as a senator.

“We understand it was a personal decision,” she said.

She said Tannas would have brought a lot to the position, but it’s clear he had to weigh the pros and the cons of the move.


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