Former Wildrose leader calls talk of his return to politics 'crazy rumours'
Alberta Wildrose leader Brian Jean announces a unity deal with the Alberta Wildrose in Edmonton on Thursday, May 18, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, March 14, 2019 4:45PM EDT
EDMONTON - The former leader of Alberta's defunct Wildrose Party is dismissing talk that he plans to lead another provincial conservative party.
Brian Jean says on Twitter that he's heard "crazy rumours," but they don't involve him.
A column in the Calgary Sun says Jean is recruiting candidates and planning to lead the fledgling Freedom Conservative Party.
That sparked comments on Twitter from former prime minister Stephen Harper and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe urging conservatives to remain united.
The Wildrose merged with Alberta's Progressive Conservatives in 2017 to create the United Conservative Party after the PCs lost power to the NDP
Jean quit politics after losing the new party's leadership race to Jason Kenney, who says he doesn't know what Jean's plans are but adds that one conservative party is needed to stop vote-splitting.