POLITICS
10/02/2011 01:15 EDT | Updated 12/02/2011 05:12 EST

Alison Redford, Alberta's new premier, promises backbenchers will get more say

EDMONTON - Alberta premier-designate Alison Redford says the first change in her new government will be to give backbenchers more of a say in decision-making.

Redford says she will send that message when she meets with Progressive Conservative caucus members as early as Tuesday.

She was speaking to reporters to start her first full day as the incoming premier of the province.

The 46-year-old Calgary member of the legislature pulled off a stunning upset Saturday winning the leadership of her Progressive Conservative party.

The former justice minister will take over from Premier Ed Stelmach.

Redford came from behind on the second round of a preferential ballot to defeat front-runner Gary Mar.

Stelmach has already tendered his resignation, but there is no date set for Redford's swearing in.