April 22nd, 2024

Field of six finalized in Alberta NDP leadership race

By The Canadian Press on March 15, 2024.

Six contenders are vying to take the helm of the Alberta new democrats, with the successor to long-time leader Rachel Notley to be chosen in June. In this composite image made from six photographs, from left to right, top row to bottom row: Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi is seen at a backyard party in Calgary, Alta., Friday, May 26, 2023; Alberta MLA Jodi Calahoo Stonehouse watches the Manitoba Provincial election results at the NDP election night party in Winnipeg, Tuesday, October 3, 2023; Alberta NDP MLA Sarah Hoffman announces her leadership bid, in Edmonton, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024; Alberta NDP MLA Rakhi Pancholi poses for a photo in Calgary, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024; Alberta NDP MLA Kathleen Ganley, centre, announces she is running for the leadership of the party in Calgary, Monday, Feb. 5, 2024; and Gil McGowan, President of the Alberta Federation of Labour speaks at an event in Edmonton, Friday, June 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh, David Lipnowski, Jason Franson

EDMONTON – The field of candidates looking to replace Rachel Notley as leader of the Alberta NDP has been finalized.

The deadline to register as a candidate has passed, and six people have met the nomination requirements.

Legislature members Jodi Calahoo Stonehouse, Kathleen Ganley, Sarah Hoffman and Rakhi Pancholi are in the running.

Also in the race are Gil McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour, and former Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi.

The NDP says there will be three leadership debates, the first of which is scheduled for April 25 in Lethbridge.

Party members are set to pick Notley’s successor in June.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 15, 2024.

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