POLITICS

A quick look at the five people running to be leader of the Alberta Liberals

09/09/2011 02:14 EDT | Updated 11/09/2011 05:12 EST
EDMONTON - Alberta's Liberal leadership candidates:

Laurie Blakeman: A 53-year-old, four-term member of the legislature from Edmonton-Centre, Blakeman has fine arts degree and studied business management before entering politics. She served as Opposition house leader and is a staunch defender of social justice issues, arts and government accountability.

Bill Harvey: A 55-year-old Calgary financial adviser and campaign organizer who worked with former Liberal leader Laurence Decore. A blue Liberal, he has campaigned on fiscal responsibility and being tough on crime.

Hugh MacDonald: Prince Edward Island-born businessman and four-term legislature member from Edmonton-Gold Bar. The 56-year-old is known as a tenacious political bulldog, uncovering government mistakes, particularly on labour and employment issues.

Bruce Payne: The Liberal nominee in the Calgary-Varsity riding. A 50-year-old former pastor, carpenter and union leader, he is campaigning on restoring the Liberals as a truly pan-provincial party that would run candidates in all 87 ridings.

Raj Sherman: A 45-year-old emergency room doctor. He was elected to the Edmonton-Meadowlark riding in 2008 for the Progressive Conservatives but crossed the floor after being kicked out of caucus for criticizing government inaction on health issues. Has focused his campaign on fixing the health system.