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OTTAWA — Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner says she will not run for the leadership of the United Conservative Party of Alberta.

She announced her decision today in a lengthy social media post.

In it, the longtime Calgary MP says that as she was making final preparations to launch her campaign on Wednesday, she realized she had concerns about the UCP caucus.

Rempel Garner says he’s heard ‘there is a significant level of pain and uncertainty’ in this team, currently led by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, who last month announced he was stepping down after narrowly surviving a management review.

The MP says there are divisions within this caucus and wonders how she could lead it as an outsider.

Rempel Garner says not racing “was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make”.

Her announcement comes after she stepped down from Patrick Brown’s Federal Conservative leadership campaign, and Brown’s campaign manager also left to help Rempel Garner in his possible UCP leadership bid.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 23, 2022.

The Canadian Press