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Tory leadership hopeful Jim Prentice promises political term limits

Alberta Tory leadership hopeful Jim Prentice says he will introduce term limits on provincial politicians if he becomes premier.

Prentice says the restrictions would be three terms for members of the legislature and two terms for premier.

He says the changes would be grandfathered in and would be the first of their kind in Canada.

Prentice says he would also scrap automatic severance payments in government.

He says together these changes would make politicians more accountable and help give Albertans the good government they deserve.

Prentice says the first bill a government under his leadership would introduce would protect the property rights of citizens, an issue that the Wildrose opposition has made political hay with against the Progressive Conservatives, especially in rural areas.

“I will put in place - and enforce - new rules to ensure the highest ethical standards and accountability among those who serve the public,” Prentice said Thursday in a release.

“Albertans are tired of political distractions, they want a return to good government.”

The other candidates in the leadership race include former cabinet ministers Ric McIver and Thomas Lukaszuk.

Card-carrying members of the PC party vote for a new leader Sept. 6.

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