Jason Kenny, Leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives and Brian Jean Leader of the Wildrose Party announced yesterday a tentative deal to merge the two parties into one. The name of the new party would be the United Conservatives.
Although it’s a positive move in Alberta politics, there is still plenty that needs to be done before we can be breath a sigh of relief. The deal still has to be ratified by members of both parties with at least 75% approval. That vote will take place in July. They’ll need to establish an executive and constituency boards. Next a leader will have to be chosen. The leader of the new party will chosen at a convention in October. Then they come up with platform and find candidates all in time for the next election in 2019. So there is still a lot of sausage that needs to be made.
I for one am pleased by this effort by Jason Kenny, Brian Jean and the committee who came up with this tentative deal. It’s a good first step into getting rid of the destructive Rachel Notley and her NDP wrecking crew. All conservative minded individuals should get on board and support this because without a united conservative party, the NDP will most likely get another term. Think about that!