Alison Redford resigns as Premier of Alberta after weeks of caucus unrest

Alberta Premier Alison Redford announces her resignation in Edmonton, Alberta on Wednesday March 19, 2014.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason FransonAlberta Premier Alison Redford announces her resignation in Edmonton, Alberta on Wednesday March 19, 2014.

CALGARY — After weeks of escalating tension and the spectre of an outright caucus revolt, Alberta Premier Alison Redford announced her resignation on Wednesday.

Ms. Redford, who was selected to lead the long-ruling Progressive Conservatives in 2011 and managed to win the party’s 11th consecutive election in 2012, announced she would relinquish her position in a sudden evening press conference held in the province’s legislature in Edmonton.

“Quite frankly, too much time the last few weeks has been spent on questions of loyalty, allegiances and character. Too many people have been distracted from the important work that the people of Alberta sent us here to do.

“I love Alberta. I am honoured to represent Alberta as your premier and I’ve given my heart and soul to this province every single minute of the day for the last two and a half years,” she said.

“Quite simply, I am not prepared to allow party and caucus infighting to get in the way of building a better future for our province and for all Albertans … with profound optimism for Alberta, I am resigning as premier of Alberta, effective this Sunday evening.”

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