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05/15/2015 18:24 EDT | Updated 05/15/2016 01:12 EDT

Alberta Tories to close party offices in Edmonton and Calgary and cut staff

EDMONTON - The once mighty Alberta Progressive Conservative party plans to close its offices in Edmonton and Calgary and cut all but one staff member.@#@#@#@#@#Bill Smith, past president of the party, said Friday that the moves are being made to save money.@#@#@#@#@#"We have got to look at the longterm interests of the party and the carrying costs of the infrastructure that we have is just too high," he said.@#@#@#@#@#The PCs were reduced to 10 seats in the legislature from 70 in the May 5 NDP election victory that ended 44 years of Tory rule in the province.@#@#@#@#@#Smith said the office closures and staff cuts were a difficult but necessary decision as the party takes the first steps toward rebuilding.@#@#@#@#@#"We are definitely not finished in Alberta. The number of people who have reached out to myself and to members of our executive has been overwhelming," he said.@#@#@#@#@#"So many people were disappointed in the result and have offered to help."@#@#@#@#@#Twelve people are losing their jobs.@#@#@#@#@#Earlier this week Ric McIver was named interim PC party leader to replace Premier Jim Prentice, who resigned on election night.