Comparing the PC Candidates

The race for the leader of Alberta Progressive Conservative party (and the next premier) is well under way. But behind all the photo ops, press releases and other campaign trail appearances, who are the candidates and what do they stand for? We take a close look at Thomas Lukaszuk, Ric McIver and Jim Prentice to compare their experience and platforms. With files from John Archer and Scott Dippel.

Posted: June 17, 2014

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Thomas Lukaszuk

Thomas Lukaszuk

Jim Prentice

Jim Prentice

Ric McIver

Ric McIver

Profiles

Thomas Lukaszuk

Former Minister of Jobs, Skills Training and Labour, 45

Lukaszuk was Alberta's minister of jobs, skills, training and labour and the MLA for Edmonton-Castle Downs.

He came to Canada from his native Poland in 1982, and received an education degree from the University of Alberta.

Lukaszuk then ran a firm that helped workers with work-related injury claims. He was first elected to the Alberta legislature in 2001.

Jim Prentice

Former Calgary MP and federal cabinet minister, 57

Prentice is considered to be the frontrunner.

After six years in federal politics, Prentice stepped down in late 2010 to become senior executive vice-president and vice-chairman of CIBC bank. Prentice unsuccessfully ran for the leadership of the federal Progressive Conservative party in 2003.

Ric McIver

Former Alberta Infrastructure minister, 55

McIver stepped down in April to run for the party leadership. The MLA for Calgary-Hays was first elected to the provincial legislature in April 2012.

McIver served as an alderman on Calgary city council from October 2001 to October 2010 where he earned the nickname “Dr. No” for how often he voted against budgets and other city projects. He ran for mayor in 2010, coming second to Naheed Nenshi. Originally from Ontario, McIver moved to Alberta in 1981.

Images courtesy Jason Franson, Canadian Press