04/13/2015 02:39 EDT | Updated 06/19/2015 04:59 EDT

NDP Leader Notley says candidate Soklofske quit on his own after assault charge

EDMONTON - Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley says that she did not ask one of her candidates to resign after he was charged with simple assault over the weekend.

Notley says Jason Soklofske, the candidate for Medicine Hat, resigned on his own without being asked.

Soklofske quit after he was charged with assault following an altercation while campaigning Saturday.

Police have only said the altercation involved one other person but did not give further details.

Notley says the party hopes to have a replacement in place in the next couple of days.