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Alberta Tory caucus picks deputy premier to fill in for resigning Redford

Alberta’s Progressive Conservative caucus has chosen Dave Hancock as interim leader and premier.

Hancock, the longest-serving minister in cabinet, has been deputy premier to Alison Redford, who is resigning effective Sunday.

Hancock, who supported Redford as she tried to weather the turmoil around her, had said he wouldn’t mind taking on the interim role for continuity’s sake

But he said he didn’t want the job permanently.

Hancock ran in the 2006 leadership race that Redford’s predecessor Ed Stelmach won.

Hancock said he didn’t think he was the best long-term choice for a party that says it wants to turn over a new page.