Outgoing Alberta Premier Dave Hancock resigns seat

Global News

EDMONTON – The man who became Alberta premier when Alison Redford resigned last spring is leaving politics.

Dave Hancock choked up as he spoke about the toll of political life on families.

“I knew over the past six months that there was a decision to be made but I was focused on the job,” Hancock explained.

Hancock, who is 59, is one of the longest-serving politicians in the Alberta legislature.

His five terms in office as the member for Edmonton-Whitemud span more than 17 years and include almost all senior cabinet posts, including education, health, justice and human services.

Redford named him deputy premier last year and the PC caucus chose him to take over when she resigned last March during a growing
scandal over her expenses and leadership style.

He ran unsuccessfully to replace former premier Ralph Klein in 2005, but did not run in the leadership race won last…

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