11/09/2016 12:20 EST | Updated 11/10/2017 00:12 EST

Troubling to hear woman candidate allege harassment in PC race: Alberta premier

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says it's troubling to hear a female candidate say she dropped out of the Progressive Conservative leadership contest due to abuse and intimidation.

Notley says the PC party needs to seriously investigate.

She says if a political party cannot uphold basic standards of inclusivity, then it is not ready to govern the province.

Two women dropped out of the race on Tuesday.

One of them, Calgary legislature member Sandra Jansen, says she was constantly harassed in person and online by supporters of other candidates for her progressive views.

The PC party's president, Katherine O'Neill, has said the Tories will investigate Jansen's allegations.