United Conservative Party MLA Brian Jean is stepping down from his position in the Legislature.
Jean has been in politics since 2004, first as a Federal Member of Parliament for Fort McMurray - Athabasca and then continuing into provincial politics.
“Three years ago, I entered provincial politics because I believed Albertans deserved better from their government," said Jean. "Whether it was an unresponsive health care system, irresponsible spending, or suffering from a decline in democracy. We needed to set a bold new direction for conservative politics in this province and I’m proud that during my time as leader of Wildrose and as a member of the United Conservative Party, these policies are closer to coming to reality than ever before."
The Fort McMurray and Conklin MLA won the leadership of the Wildrose Party in March 2015, then joined the United Conservative Party in July 2017.
“Last fall, I was proud to run for the leadership of our United Conservative Party and was incredibly touched by the support I received. Our members set out a clear direction for our party, and I would like to wish Jason Kenney and the rest of my UCP colleagues the very best as they prepare for the next election. Our conservative movement; its ideas, its principles and its common sense solutions are better for Albertans."
Jean has also built many successful businesses throughout his life and is a proud father and grandfather.
“I did not make this decision lightly. Being elected to represent the people of Fort McMurray in different capacities since 2004 has been one of the greatest honours in my life. Alberta and Albertans are always close to my heart and mind, but I believe now is an important time in my life to draw closer to my family, my kids and my grandchildren. My beautiful wife Kim was my greatest support during my time as MLA, leader and leadership candidate, and it’s time for us to take the next steps on our adventure together - including finally getting our home rebuilt in Fort McMurray. I love this province. Thank you, everyone. God bless Alberta.”
Jean made a stop in Bruderheim last summer as part of his campaign for the United Conservative Party leadership.