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How to Support a United Conservative Party (Alberta)
If you support efforts in Alberta to unite the Wildrose and Progressive Conservatives, you've come to the right place.
Here you will find resources and information about how you can support the unity process...
On May 18, 2017, Wildrose leader Brian Jean and Progressive Conservative leader Jason Kenney signed an agreement in principle to unite the Progressive Conservative Party and the Wildrose Party. (To read the agreement – click here)
However, before unity can proceed, grassroots members in both parties must first vote in favour of the unity proposal. These votes will take place on July 22.
If the grassroots in both parties approve the unity proposal, a tremendous amount of work must still be undertaken prior to the next election, including, but not limited to: holding a founding meeting, establishing 87 constituency associations and conducting a leadership race. In addition to that, the new party will also need to develop policies, prepare a platform, recruit candidates and train volunteers before the next provincial election (currently scheduled to take place between March 1 and May 31, 2019).
How You Can Help:
1) Buy a Membership: The PCs require a majority (50% + 1) to vote in favour of proceeding while the Wildrose require at least 75% of party members to support unity. If you want to make sure that a unity proposal passes, buy a party membership and vote 'YES'!
Even better – encourage your friends, family members and co-workers to also buy memberships and vote 'YES'!
Both party referendums will take place on July 22, 2017 (note: you will have to be a party member a couple weeks in advance though). To purchase a party membership, please see these links –
2) Manning Centre - The Manning Centre has undertaken a number of initiatives to support the creation of a united party in Alberta and to hold the NDP government to account. If you would like to help our efforts, please consider a donation – click here.
Here are a few examples of activities we've been working on:
- Research – We have been working on a number of research projects in Alberta to support small 'c' conservative activists. For instance, in early October 2016, we released analysis on the voting records of the Wildrose and PCs since the 2015 election, showing they were quite similar. Late last year we commissioned and released a legal opinion that describes how the two parties could unite. Currently, we're looking into policies that will help get Alberta back on the right track! (Click here to see our research reports)
- Training – The Manning Centre has a number of resources available to help train conservative activists for running campaigns, using technological tools to communicate with voters, investigate government activities and more! (Click here to learn more)
- Videos – We've released a number of videos to educate people about the damaging policy decisions being made by the Notley government. Visit the video section of our Facebook page to see them – click here
- Columns – We've had a number of columns published in major newspapers on the NDP government's destructive activities. To view them - click here
- Millennials – The Manning Centre has been holding ‘millennial engagement’ meetings to reach out to young voters and learn more about issues important to them and share information on ways they can get involved. For more information, please contact John Whittaker – firstname.lastname@example.org
You can support our efforts by spreading our material among your contacts or by making a donation (click here)!
3) Alberta Can't Wait - The Manning Centre is a partner organization of Alberta Can't Wait, a grassroots organization that is working to bring Wildrose supporters and grassroots Progressive Conservatives together. To learn more about their activities, or to get involved - click here