Former Tory MP wants to lead Wildrose, even though he says it won’t win election

A former Conservative MP is seeking the leadership of Alberta’s opposition Wildrose party.

CALGARY — A former Conservative MP is seeking the leadership of Alberta’s opposition Wildrose party.

Brian Jean says he is ready to take on former caucus colleague Premier Jim Prentice who he described as a nice guy but who has different values.

Jean says he realizes that Wildrose is unlikely to win the next election.

He says it is in rebuilding mode but can still be a strong opposition.

Jean says he wants to clean up the underperforming health care system and deal with fiscal mismanagement from the governing PCs.

Former Canadian Taxpayers Federation spokesman Derek Fildebrandt, who wants to run for the Wildrose in the riding of Strathmore Brooks, was on hand to give Jean his endorsement.