A United Conservative Party leadership election is to be held in Alberta on October 28, 2017 following votes on July 22, 2017 by memberships of both the Wildrose Party and the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta to merge and form the United Conservative Party. The Unity Agreement between the parties states the leadership election will be held on a One Member One Vote basis. Both Jason Kenney, leader of the PC Party, and Wildrose leader Brian Jean are expected to stand for leader of the new party, with Jean saying at the press conference that announced the merger agreement: “Clearly we’re both running for the leadership of this new party.” Former Conservative Party of Canada interim leader Rona Ambrose is expected to rule herself out of consideration.
Included candidates are;
Jason Kenney, Brian Jean Doug Schweitzer, Jeff Callaway, Leela Aheer (off), Rona Ambrose (off), Jonathan Denis (off), Derek Fildebrandt (off), Paul Hinman (off) and Ric McIver (off).
Membership numbers, polling, issues and stances taken from sources including Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, Hansard & Opinion polling.
The Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta leadership election, 2011 was prompted by Ed Stelmach’s announcement that he would not be seeking re-election in the 28th general election and therefore would be resigning as leader of the Progressive Conservatives. With the Progressive Conservatives forming the Alberta government, the winner of the election consequently became Premier of Alberta. Stelmach provided official notice of resignation on May 27, 2011. The PC Association then announced the timeline of the election, with the nomination deadline on July 15, and the first ballot on September 17.
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The 1959 Alberta general election is to be held on June 18, 1959, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Ernest C. Manning, in his fifth election as party leader and provincial premier hopes to lead the Social Credit Party to its seventh consecutive term in government. Previous to this election, the Social Credit government had done away with the Instant-runoff voting system in use in the rural constituencies, and the Single Transferable Vote system in Edmonton and Calgary, both of which had been in place since 1924. This brings Alberta in line with the other provinces using the First past the post systems.
The 1963 Alberta general election is being held on June 17, 1963, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. The Social Credit Party, led by Ernest C. Manning is seeking its eighth consecutive term in government. Some Social Credit supporters are so confident of their party’s chances that they talk of winning “63 in ’63”, i.e., all 63 seats in the legislature in the 1963 election. Can opposition parties make an impact in this election and win seats?
Ernest Manning aims to lead his Social Credit party into an unprecedented ninth consecutive term in government. Can the Liberals, NDP, and transformed PCs – led by the charismatic Peter Lougheed – succeed in pushing Social Credit into minority status, or will they once again be crushed by the Social Credit machine which has dominated Alberta since 1935?
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The Progressive Conservative party has been revitalized under the dynamic and youthful Peter Lougheed. Will the PCs be able to end 36 years of Social Credit rule or will Harry Strom’s Social Credit Party continue to dominate Alberta politics?
After ending 36 years of Social Credit government in 1971, Premier Peter Lougheed is hoping to consolidate his electoral victory in 1975. Can the Social Credit Party rebound with a fundamentalist leader and can the NDP build on Grant Notley’s single seat?
Premier Peter Lougheed is seeking his third term. He is hoping to expand his huge majority and possibly win 79 in ’79. The opposition is weak but hopes to increase its seat totals. Will Lougheed’s PCs win another massive majority?
Premier Don Getty seeks his first mandate from Alberta voters. The New Democrats under Ray Martin have steadily risen in the polls due to Getty’s unpopularity. Anything less than Lougheed’s massive majority will be seen as a failure for Getty. Faced with high unemployment and low oil prices, can Don Getty maintain Lougheed’s string of massive majorities?
Premier Don Getty has called a snap election less than 3 years into his term. The New Democrats under Ray Martin and the Liberals under Laurence Decore have steadily risen in the polls. Faced with an economic recession, high unemployment, failing oil prices, large deficits and failed government-funded companies, can Don Getty maintain his majority?