The leader of Albert's Freedom Conservative Party (FCP) says former Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean has advised him on the province's spring elections.
FCP leader Derek Fildebrandt, MLA for Strathmore-Brooks, confirmed Radio-Canada on Friday that Jean is in talks with FCP.
"Brian has a lot of experience and he has given me advice on the party's leadership, about things we can do for the upcoming election," Fildebrandt said. "He has helped me become a better leader, because I am very new at work."
Fildebrandt would not confirm the nature of Jeans' role and did not say that Jean would become a party leader.
He added that their previously strained relationship has improved.
"Our relationship was pretty testy, apparently for a while … Brian and I have buried hatchet. We see eye on the eye a lot," said Fildbebrandt.
News that Jean gives the party advice came a day after a Calgary city councilor said the former Wildrose leader would go back to politics in time for the spring election.
Jean has left these rumors.
Fildebrandt was asked on Friday how it would be for him to give the management of the party he founded on someone else.
He said he is just happy to get Jean to participate in his party and does not know how far the former Wildrose leader's commitment will go.
"But I'll tell you this," Fildebrandt said. "I've never strived to lead. I've just wanted to represent my constituents, to represent Strathmore-Brooks and now Chestermere-Strathmore, to stand for the conservative values I stand for and to have a free vote.
"And as long as a leader gives me the right to speak freely, talk about me and vote freely on every proposition, I mean, I don't have to lead a party."
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