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Laila Goodridge resigns seat as Fort McMurray MLA to run for federal Conservatives

A provincial byelection will be held in northeastern Alberta after MLA Laila Goodridge resigned her seat to run in the Sept. 20 federal election.

David Yurdiga, current MP for Fort McMurray-Cold Lake, not running again

Laila Goodridge has been the MLA for Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche since she won a 2018 byelection. She has now resigned the seat to run in the 2021 federal election. (Jamie Malbeuf/CBC)

A provincial byelection will be held in northeastern Alberta after MLA Laila Goodridge resigned her seat to run in the Sept. 20 federal election.

Goodridge tendered her resignation to the clerk on Sunday afternoon, said Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Alberta legislature. Elections Alberta is required to hold a byelection within six months.

The move came one day after David Yurdiga, the Conservative MP for Fort McMurray-Cold Lake, announced that he would not be running again for health reasons. 

"Serving as your MP would be the honour of a lifetime," Goodridge wrote in a Sunday night Facebook post announcing her intentions.

Goodridge has been the MLA in the riding since 2018, when she won a byelection after former Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean resigned his seat.

Since 2019, the bilingual Goodridge had served as the United Conservative Party government's parliamentary secretary for the Francophonie.

Before her successful venture into politics, Goodridge worked for the Opposition Wildrose Party. She served as a disaster recovery specialist for Jean and Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Tany Yao after a devastating 2016 wildfire in Fort McMurray.

She has also worked for the federal conservatives in Ottawa and as a constituency assistant to former Calgary Conservative MP Joan Crockatt.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Janet French

Provincial affairs reporter

Janet French covers the Alberta Legislature for CBC Edmonton. She previously spent 15 years working at newspapers, including the Edmonton Journal and Saskatoon StarPhoenix. You can reach her at janet.french@cbc.ca.

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