Statement by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress on announcement by Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach
January 25, 2011 — Edmonton, Alberta-The Ukrainian Canadian Congress made the following statement following the decision by Ed Stelmach to not seek re-election as Premier of Alberta:
“It is with much sadness that we have learned of Premier Stelmach’s plans not to seek re-election as premier of Alberta. In addition to having been a lifelong public servant, Premier Stelmach has been a tireless supporter of the Ukrainian Canadian community,” stated Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Alberta Provincial Council President Daria Luciw. “Aproud Albertan and a tireless champion for the people of this province, Ed Stelmach is highly respected as was shown in his landslide election victory in 2008. I want to thank Ed for his caring, devotion and leadership as premier and wish him well in his future endeavours.”
Premier Stelmach surprised many with his announcement today regarding his intention not to seek re-election as premier in the next provincial election in Alberta.
“His integrity, honesty and hard work should serve as a role model for people across the country. As the grandson of Ukrainian immigrants, Ed Stelmach is a truly Canadian success story that should serve as an inspiration not just for Ukrainian Canadians, but for all Canadians.”
First elected to the provincial legislature in 1993, Mr. Stelmach was re-elected on 4 additional occasions, and held numerous cabinet posts such as Minister of Agriculture, Transportation and Infrastructure, before becoming Premier in December 2006. Stelmach is the first Ukrainian Canadian Premier of Alberta, and second Ukrainian Canadian to have been elected a provincial Premier.
“On behalf of the Ukrainian Canadian Community, we extend to Premier Stelmach and his wife Marie our wishes for every success in whatever the future may hold for them,”stated UCC National President Paul Grod.