Alberta MLA Ken Hughes won’t run in 2016; says he’s helping revitalize PC caucus

A cabinet minister who served in former premier Alison Redford’s government says he will not run in the 2016 Alberta election.

EDMONTON — A cabinet minister who served in former premier Alison Redford’s government says he will not run in the 2016 Alberta election.

Ken Hughes, member of the legislature for Calgary West, says it’s his way of helping incoming premier Jim Prentice revitalize the Progressive Conservative caucus.

Hughes says he wanted to make his intentions clear before Prentice announced his new cabinet.

Hughes served as energy minister and in the municipal affairs portfolio under Redford.

He quit cabinet earlier this year to run for the party leadership, but left the race after Prentice entered.

Prentice is expected to be sworn in next week, and has promised to clean up the spending and entitlement scandals that were discovered during Redford’s time as premier.

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