Conservative MP Jason Kenney says he wants to unite Alberta’s Progressive Conservative party and the Wildrose to create a new free-enterprise party. Here is the timeline he foresees for his plan.
Oct. 1: The Progressive Conservative leadership campaign officially launches. Kenney to resign his seat in Parliament and run a campaign based on uniting with the Wildrose.
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March 18, 2017: Progressive Conservatives pick a new leader. Kenney says that if he wins, he will immediately attempt to negotiate a “framework agreement” with the Wildrose on a united party.
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Summer 2017: Both parties to submit an agreement to their memberships for a vote in an “open and democratic referendum.” If it is approved by a “clear majority,” the new party would be constituted at a founding convention. A new name would be up to the party, but Kenney says he likes the ring of the Conservative Party of Alberta.
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Winter 2017-2018: The new party holds a leadership race. Kenney says he would put his name forward.
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May 2018: New party begins seeking a team of candidates to run in 2019 provincial election.
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March 1, 2019: Under Alberta’s Elections Act, the window opens for the provincial general election call. The vote must be held before the end of May.