Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel gives a speech in Edmonton after the polls closed for the provincial election in Alberta on Tuesday, April 16.
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After 15 months on the job, Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel is stepping down.According to a Friday news release, Mandel will officially resign as party leader June 30 so he can pursue his role as chancellor at Concordia University.On April 16, the Alberta Party received just shy of 172,000 ballots in a heated race that saw the UCP sweep to a majority government. The party won nine per cent of the popular vote in the recent election.“To serve as the leader for the past 15 months has been a tremendous honour,” Mandel said in the release. “Although I’m stepping aside as leader, I will continue to be involved in the party. I also look forward to quality time with my family.”Mandel failed to capture a seat in the Edmonton-McClung riding after losing to the NDP’s Lorne Dach and placing a distant third behind the UCP’s Laurie Mozeson.Mandel, who was elected as a city councillor in 2001, served as Edmonton’s mayor between 2004 and 2013, and in 2014 was named health minister by then premier Jim Prentice. Mandel was named Alberta Party leader in February 2018 after a two-month leadership campaign with 66 per cent of the vote.He was named as chancellor at Concordia University in February 2017.