Len Webber, MLA for Calgary Foothills, will seek the federal Conservative nomination for the newly-established riding of Calgary Confederation.

Len Webber

Calgary-Foothills MLA Len Webber has announced he will seek the federal Tory nomination in the newly-created riding of Calgary Confederation. (Legislative Assembly of Alberta)

The announcement came Monday at the Banff Trail Community Association. Webber is the first candidate to declare an intention to seek the nomination.

"I live and have raised my children in this community," he said. "I have worked tirelessly for a variety of important causes in my community, and I have a record of political service that is strong and transparent."

Webber told the audience he expects to run a positive and unifying campaign.

Alberta's Progressive Conservative Party have long been embroiled in struggles between "blue Tories" and "red Tories" that hope to see the party's agenda become either more conservative or liberal.

"That stuff doesn't matter federally, because there is just one Conservative Party of Canada, united under a sensible platform and the solid leadership of Stephen Harper, with voters who don't care about labels," Webber said. 

Webber says he will not be resigning from his seat as MLA for Calgary Foothills — for now.

There is no date set for the nomination meeting and election but Webber says his campaign will now hit the ground running ahead of that announcement.