Schweitzer leaves Alberta cabinet post, plans to resign as MLA

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Doug Schweitzer has resigned as Alberta’s jobs, economy and innovation minister.

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Announcing in a tweet Friday that he had provided his resignation to Premier Jason Kenney earlier in the day, Schweitzer added that his plan is to “serve as an MLA until the end of this month or such other date established closer to that time.”

A byelection would have to be called within six months of the seat being vacated. A general election must be held by May 29, 2023.

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The Calgary-Elbow MLA was elected MLA for Calgary-Elbow in 2019 and served as justice minister and solicitor general. He has been the province’s jobs, economy and innovations minister for the past two years.

Schweitzer once sought the party leadership, coming in third after Kenney and Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche MLA Brian Jean.

On Friday, Schweitzer thanked his supporters and team members and said he is proud of what they have accomplished.

Minutes after Schweitzer had tweeted the news, Kenney issued a statement via Twitter thanking Schweitzer for his service to the people of Alberta.

“His contributions to Alberta’s government have helped set Alberta back on the path of economic growth and prosperity. I wish Doug, his wife Jen, and their children the very best in their next endeavors,” Kenney wrote.

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