Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod, left, Alberta Premt ier Alison Redford, centre, and Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz gather with other premiers to have their official group portrait taken athe Council of the Federation summer meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., Thursday, July 25, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Lynett
In the wake of Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s resignation, Premier Robert Ghiz is thanking her for her contributions to her province and the rest of Canada.
In a statement issued Thursday morning, Ghiz said he had the opportunity to work directly with Redford over the past number of years and appreciated her contributions on discussions of national interest at the premiers’ table.
“Prince Edward Island and Alberta share a number of values and we will continue to hold a long-standing positive working relationship into the future,” Ghiz said.
“I wish Alison all the best in her future endeavours.”
Redford has been struggling to deal with unrest in her Progressive Conservative caucus over her leadership style and questionable expenses.
That unrest started when it surfaced that Redford spent $45,000 on first-class air tickets and a government plane to go to Nelson Mandela’s funeral in South Africa.
Redford said her resignation will be effective Sunday.
“Quite simply, I am not prepared to allow party and caucus infighting to get in the way,” she told supporters gathered in the legislature rotunda for the announcement.
“I’ve given my heart and soul to this province, every minute for the last 2 ½ years,” she said.
With files from The Canadian Press