Ken Hughes says he's ready to help build an Alberta that is an international leader an environmental leader.
Hughes stepped down last week as head of the board of Alberta Health Services.
The former federal MP says he was not promised anything to run, but his speech announcing his intention to seek the Tory nomination in Calgary West was peppered with points dealing with budgets and the economy.
Calgary West is currently held by Finance Minister Ron Liepert, who is not running for re-election.
A provincial election is expected in the spring.