Danielle Smith told about 1,000 people at a fundraising dinner in Calgary Thursday night that Albertans could be going to the polls well ahead of the May 2016 deadline.
Smith says that election call could come as early as next year.
The Wildrose leader also says it's never too soon to start looking for campaign volunteers.
Her speech came a little over 24 hours after Redford's announcement that she will be stepping down Sunday evening.
Five-term MLA Dave Hancock was chosen earlier Thursday as the interim premier in advance of a leadership campaign to elect a new party leader and premier.
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