PCs appoint candidate for Calgary provincial byelection after writ dropped

The Progressive Conservatives have appointed a candidate to run in the Calgary Greenway provincial byelection.

CALGARY — The Progressive Conservatives have appointed a candidate to run in the Calgary Greenway provincial byelection.

They selected Prabhdeep Singh to represent the party in the vote scheduled for March 22.

Three other candidates were in the running to represent the Tories in the riding and a nomination meeting was scheduled for Saturday.

But the party says it decided to fast-track their selection after Premier Rachel Notley dropped the writ for the byelection on Tuesday.

Interim PC Leader Ric McIver said in a statement on the party’s Facebook page that he respects the decision by the board and will support it.

A byelection is needed in the riding to replace PC MLA Manmeet Bhullar who was killed in a traffic crash last November.

The NDP have nominated former radio host Roop Rai, while the Greens have nominated Thana Boonlert as their candidate.

The Liberals are slated to pick a candidate on Feb. 29. So far, there is no Alberta Party candidate.

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