Potential Tory leadership contender says candidates will need $1M to run a campaign

A potential contender in Alberta’s Progressive Conservative leadership race says a $50,000 non-refundable deposit will ensure that only serious candidates come forward.

CALGARY — A potential contender in Alberta’s Progressive Conservative leadership race says a $50,000 non-refundable deposit will ensure that only serious candidates come forward.

Conservative Sen. Scott Tannas is the subject of a “Draft Scott” campaign but has made it clear at this point he is still undecided.

But Tannas says anyone serious about seeking to be party leader and Alberta’s next premier will need at least $1 million in order to run a realistic campaign over the next six months.

He says $50,000 is just a drop in the bucket when you look at what kind of resources are required.

Tannas, who was only appointed to the Senate a year ago, says he had nothing to do with the public campaign but says he is willing to listen if there’s enough support within the Progressive Conservative caucus.

He says some people want a candidate that is from outside the current Alberta government.

Just Posted

Off-highway vehicles recovered on Sunchild

Rocky Mountain House RCMP notifying owners

Alberta’s status of women minister joins Twitter debate over women’s marches

EDMONTON — A minister in Alberta’s NDP government has chastised a tweet… Continue reading

Canada faces angry Americans in pivotal sixth round of NAFTA talks

Canada will be hosting an annoyed and angry United States as the… Continue reading

Arts and Craft (Beer) evening set for Feb. 3

Raising money for Red Deer Arts Council

‘Hobbit’ director Peter Jackson making WWI documentary

LONDON — “The Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson is transforming… Continue reading

WATCH news on the go: Replay Red Deer Jan. 21

Watch news highlights from Red Deer and Central Alberta

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

WATCH news on the go: Replay Red Deer Jan. 21

Watch news highlights from Red Deer and Central Alberta

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

In photos: Get ready for Western Canadian Championships

Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships and Peavey Mart Alberta Cup 5/6 start… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer city council debates cost-savings versus quality of life

Majority of councillors decide certain services are worth preserving

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month