EDMONTON – Former Edmonton mayor and Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Stephen Mandel is the new leader of the Alberta Party.
Mandel collected 66 per cent of the vote on the first round of voting on a preferential ballot.
Mandel defeated Calgary legislature member Rick Fraser and energy lawyer Kara Levis.
Mandel, who is 72, was mayor of Edmonton for about a decade, ending in 2013, overseeing the revitalization of the downtown, including a new arena for the Edmonton Oilers.
He was health minister in the previous Progressive Conservative government but was voted out, along with the party, in the 2015 win by Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP.
Mandel’s task is to grow the party, which has three members in the legislature but won just two per cent of the popular vote in the 2015 election.