Alberta’s Wildrose and PC Parties Have Joined Forces

The Background

There’s a new party in the Prairies, and it’s one you definitely haven’t heard of. Two of Alberta’s Conservative parties—Wildrose and Progressive Conservatives—agreed to a truce on Saturday, ending their 10-year feud and merging into one brand new party, now called the United Conservative Party. Together, the two groups will do their best to defeat the NDP and Premier Rachel Notley. Global News

What Else You Need to Know

Surprisingly, the two groups voted overwhelmingly in favour of the merge, with approximately 95% of both parties saying yes to the deal. The new party will have a kick-off convention in the next few weeks, but will meet Monday to elect an interim leader. On the other side of the aisle, the NDP is unimpressed with the news, calling it a “black wedding” and accusing the two parties of “being ready to embrace the worst in each other.”

What’s Next?

Former PC leader, Brian Kenney, and former Wildrose leader, Brian Jean, have both announced their plans to run for the UCP leadership position, which will be decided on October 28. Longtime PC strategist Doug Schweitzer will also run.