To be eligible to vote, memberships must be purchased by 5 PM on September 29, 2017. Members will also be required to register to vote and provide proof of identity (as required by the Agreement in Principle) by 5 PM on October 13, 2017. There are two ways to register:
- By completing an online registration at https://www.unitedconservative.ca/register or
- By completing a paper registration form and mailing it, together with photocopies of acceptable identification, to the UCP office. Your form must be received at the UCP office by 5 PM on October 13, 2017.
- Calgary – September 20 6 PM – 8 PM Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal Conservatory
- Edmonton – September 28
- Red Deer – October 3
- Fort McMurray – October 12
- Lethbridge – October 17
Results of the leadership election will be announced shortly after the vote closes on October 28 at The Metropolitan Centre in Calgary. More detail on this event will be shared at a later date.
The Leadership Election Committee (LEC) has released the following process and rules for the 2017 Leadership Election Contest. United Conservative Party members will be able to elect the new leader of our party on-line or on the phone over a three-day period beginning at 9 AM October 26 and ending at 5 PM on October 28, 2017.
Contestants for the leadership must have been a member of the UCP or one of the legacy parties for at least six months prior to filing an application and support the principles outlined in the Agreement in Principle. The entry fee for contestants is $75,000. Applications for entry must be made to the Leadership Election Committee no later than 5 PM on September 12, 2017.
The cost for entry to the leadership race was considered carefully by the LEC. They decided to adopt a different approach from the recent PC Alberta and Conservative Party of Canada leadership contests, both of which required an entry fee and a percentage of contributions raised by contestants. For example, the March 2017 PC Alberta leadership fee was $30,000 plus 15% of contributions received. Including both the entry fee and the share of contributions to his campaign, the winner of that contest paid PC Alberta a total of $283,423 (excluding membership sales). A single entry fee provides cost certainty to leadership contestants and revenue certainty to the party to run the leadership process.