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Oberg launches Conservative leadership campaign

Another candidate has officially launched his campaign to replace Premier Ralph Klein as the leader of Alberta's Conservative party.

Another candidate has officially launched his campaign to replace Premier Ralph Klein as the leader of Alberta's Conservative party.

Lyle Oberg opened a campaign office in Brooks Monday morning then attended a charity golf tournament in Calgary.

"Basically my plan is quite simply to put my ideas out there, to talk to a lot of people, hear what people have to say, listen to people," he said. "I sincerely hope this becomes a true campaign of ideas, that whoever has the best ideas is going to be out front."

Oberg was born and raised in the Alberta town of Forestburg, northeast of Stettler.

He graduated as a doctor in 1983 and spent 10 years practising medicine. He became MLA for Strathmore Brooks in 1993, a seat he still holds.

Controlling the costs of health care while improving access and quality will be a focus of his campaign, said Oberg. He also wants to help Alberta find enough workers to fill the needs of businesses.

Oberg said his team will open campaign offices in Calgary and Edmonton over the next few days.

Conservative party members will pick a new leader in the fall.

Also vying for Klein's job are Dave Hancock, Ed Stelmach, Mark Norris, Jim Dinning and Ted Morton.