Wildrose strikes framework agreement for conservative unity

May 20, 2017 - 12:06pm

COALDALE - Being an MLA is one of the greatest honours and privileges of my life. Every single day I feel  lucky and proud to serve all of the constituents in my riding.  Regardless of the changes that will come about in the next few months, I will continue to represent all constituents, regardless of their political stripe. 

Over the past decade, Wildrose has become the beating heart of the conservative movement in Alberta. Our strong grassroots members and supporters have propelled us through good times and bad, and today we are stronger than ever before.

After the last election, however, many Albertans told us they wanted to have a conversation about uniting principled conservatives in the Wildrose and PC parties – not for the sake of power, but to do what is best for Alberta.

On Thursday, we paved the path forward on an agreement in principle that will give the members of both the Wildrose and PC parties an opportunity to vote to create one united conservative party in Alberta.    

Members of both parties can be proud of this proposal. The foundation of the agreement pursues unity in a way that maintains our grassroots way of doing things. The founding principles of the agreement honour the principles that represent both party’s membership-driven, common sense values and ideas.

The new society that would be created is based on the legal framework that has empowered our grassroots beliefs.

Voices from both parties will sit as equal members on the interim board, policy, bylaw, nomination and election committees to ensure our voice is loud and clear as the next steps of unity take shape.

The assets and liabilities of each Legacy Party will be kept separate. For greater certainty, assets of one Legacy Party will not be used to repay or extinguish the liabilities of the other Legacy Party.

The agreement also ensures that open nominations, board structures and annual general meetings is maintained.

As it should be, this agreement is now in the hands of the members of both the Wildrose and PC parties. Each party will be hosting a special general meeting this July so party members can decide our path forward.  

All members and all Albertans who want to be involved in this process will have options available to them to do so. You, the people, are in charge of our province’s future.

I know there will be many tough questions ahead, which is why we’re asking Albertans to come to us with their concerns. We will always be open and honest with you.

Above all else, this is about doing what is right for Albertans – the everyday folks struggling to make ends meet and live their lives to the best of their ability.  This includes our parents and grandparents, whose hard work and self-determination once made us the envy of the world, as well as the future generations who are counting on us to get this right for them.

I look forward to the process ahead, and the many good discussions I will undoubtedly have with the most important people of all – citizens like you.

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