Alberta Justice Minister Alison Redford says she is "very close" to deciding whether or not to throw her hat in the ring to lead the provincial Tories.

Speaking at a domestic violence awareness event at Chinook Centre this morning, Redford said she expects a pretty good race for to helm the party this fall and is still weighing her options

"I have had a lot of good conversations with people in the last little while," Redford said. "We'll deal with it pretty soon."


As per instructions issued by outgoing Premier Ed Stelmach, Redford would be required to resign her current post to contend for the leadership. Former finance minister Ted Morton and deputy premier Doug Horner have already taken this step.

Former cabinet ministers Gary Mar and Jim Dinning are also rumoured to be considering leadership bids of their own, along with Battle River-Wainwright MLA Doug Griffiths.

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