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.