Former Alberta Liberal party leader Raj Sherman has lost his chance to run for leadership of the United Conservative Party.
“Mr. Sherman missed a few of the requirements, including the need to have had a membership for at least six months and provide 1,000 signatures from party members,” explained Dave Prisco, spokesperson for the UCP.
Sherman wrote on Twitter he had “just submitted $125,000 and signatures in the nick of time at 4:55 p.m… Let’s cross our fingers.”
Sherman is an emergency room physician working in Edmonton. He said in June that his experience working in the health system drove him to re-enter politics.
He had been elected leader of the Alberta Liberal Party in 2011. He crossed the floor from the then-Progressive Conservative Party after criticizing then-premier Ed Stelmach, members of cabinet and Alberta Health Services for their management of health-care delivery in the province.
He said the UCP can’t be truly united until “Edmonton conservatives come back into the fold.”