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Jim Prentice is taking his national profile and ties to both red Tories and fiscal hawks back to Alberta and will enter the province’s Progressive Conservative leadership race, setting the stage for a fierce 2016 provincial election campaign with the right-of-centre Wildrose party.

A long-time spokesman for Mr. Prentice, who asked not to be named, said on Monday the federal cabinet minister turned banking executive will return to politics and officially enter the Alberta governing party’s leadership race in May. It will be a summer of campaigning – the leadership vote is scheduled for September. If Mr. Prentice, 57, wins, he will be the Alberta premier until the 2016 election.


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Former cabinet minister Jim Prentice to seek Alberta PC leadership - The Globe and Mail