UCP LEADERSHIP

Members of the United Conservative Party will elect a new Leader on Thursday October 6. 

Members who are eligible and have not already voted by mail are invited to vote in-person at any of the five polling locations listed below on October 6 from 8am to 12pm.

The results will be announced on October 6 at an event being held at BMO Centre in Calgary starting at 5:30pm and livestreamed on this website.

ID to Vote

Voting in-person

Preferential Voting

United Conservative Party by-laws, created by our membership, say that in order to be elected Leader, a candidate must receive over 50% of the valid votes cast. To facilitate this, a preferential ballot is used.

Members are asked to rank the candidates in order of their preference using numbers (i.e. 1 being their first choice, 2 being their second choice). Members may rank as many or as few candidates as they wish. 

For more details on preferential voting, watch this short video.

Casting Your Ballot

Watch this short video to learn how to cast your mail-in ballot for the leadership vote. 

KEY INFORMATION:

  • You must have purchased your membership by the August 12 deadline to receive a ballot.
  • Ballots will be mailed to eligible members on September 2 to the address provided when you signed-up.
  • Follow the instructions included in your ballot package, including filling out the ballot, sealing it in the Ballot Envelope, signing the Declaration Form and putting that together with a photocopy of your ID into the Election Return Envelope and mailing it back so it is received by Monday October 3 at 5pm at the latest. 

Verification & Counting

Learn what happens after you mail your completed ballot in this short video.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Ballots are mailed to the independent accounting firm overseeing the vote, and are kept by them in a secure facility.
  • ID verification takes place in late September. This process is overseen by the neutral Returning Officer, the independent accounting firm overseeing the vote, and scrutineers representing each of the leadership candidates.
  • Ballots will be counted on October 6 and the results announced later that evening at an event being held at BMO Centre in Calgary and livestreamed on this website.

Candidates

Leela Aheer

Todd Loewen

Rebecca Schulz

Rajan Sawhney

Brian Jean

Danielle Smith

Travis Toews

Debates

Edmonton

The final official leadership debate took place in Edmonton on August 30 at the Citadel Theatre. 

Medicine Hat

The first official leadership debate took place in Medicine Hat on July 27 at the HALO Air Ambulance Hangar.

FAQ and Documents

You must be a current member of the UCP and have purchased your membership on or before Friday August 12, 2022 to vote. You can check the status of your membership here

No. Eligible members will automatically receive a ballot in the mail sometime after Friday Sept. 2, 2022. If you do not receive your ballot by Sept. 15 please email info@unitedconservative.ca and provide your full name, address and postal code. 

The deadline for your returned ballot package to be received is 5pm on Monday October 3, 2022.

Ballots are being mailed starting on Sept. 2, 2022. If you do not receive your ballot by the end of the day on Sept. 14 then please complete the form found on this page

Yes. Canada Post assigns a unique postal code for Business Reply Mail. The “9Z9” in a postal code is a designation from Canada Post that is used exclusively for Business Reply Mail.

It’s a security feature built into the printing to stop the reproduction or copying of the ballot.

Only the first valid ballot package received from you  will be counted. Example: if you moved, then asked for a change of address, and a mail forwarding service sent you your other ballot later, only the first valid ballot package returned will be counted. The verification process ensures each member only gets one vote. 

Planning is underway for an election night event on October 6 at BMO Centre in Calgary. The event will also be livestreamed. Watch for details. 

Yes, there is an option to vote in-person in each of our five provincial regions on October 6th from 8am to 12pm. The locations are:

Calgary:

BMO Centre, 20 Roundup Way SE

Red Deer:

Westerner Park, 487A 19 Street

Edmonton:

Edmonton Inn, 11834 Kingsway Ave NW

Slave Lake:

Legacy Centre, 200 – 400 6 Ave NE

Taber:

Heritage Inn, 4830 46 Ave, Hwy 3

Please ensure you bring photo identification and proof of address. 

Ballots will be mailed to the address you provided when you purchased your membership. If your address has changed, please email info@unitedconservative.ca and provide your legal name and former and current address so a ballot can be re-issued to your new address.

Voters will be asked to numerically rank the candidates in order of preference. After the first vote is counted, if no candidate receives more than 50% then the candidate receiving the least number of votes will be dropped from the contest and the ballots will be recalculated based on the next choices from the dropped candidates ballots.  This process will be repeated until a candidate receives over 50%.

If you do not have a printer, you could try to reach out to your local library. Public libraries often have photocopying services. You can find a list of public libraries here

Yes. Our mail-in ballot process closely mirrors that used by Elections Alberta in provincial elections, and that is used by the Conservative Party of Canada in their 2017, 2020 and 2022 leadership races. The process is also overseen by an independent third party. 

The voting process is run by the neutral Returning Officer. The Party has also retained an independent accounting firm to oversee the vote in addition to scrutineers overseeing the voting process on behalf of each of the candidates. 

The copy of identification you mail back will be securely destroyed after volunteers have verified your eligibility to vote during the verification process. Your ballot will be in a separate envelope which maintains the secrecy of your vote.

This is a requirement in our by-laws and helps maintain the security of your vote. The requirement to send ID is the same when voting by mail in provincial elections run by Elections Alberta.

No. MLA offices are non-partisan and cannot accept your ballot or assist you with this vote. We encourage you to use the postage-paid business reply envelope included in the envelope to return your ballot package. If you have questions, please email us at info@unitedconservative.ca.

Yes. Please however use the address below as the postal code is slightly different if you are not mailing it in our business reply envelope.

Leadership Vote
c/o Crowe MacKay LLP
1700 – 717 7 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 0Z3

News

Key Dates

Leadership Election Begins
May 19
Rules and procedures released
June 14
Deadline for potential candidates to apply
July 20
Membership deadline
August 12
Ballot packages go in the mail
September 2
Deadline for returned ballot packages to be received
October 3
Five in-person voting locations open from 8am to 12pm and our new Leader is announced at BMO Centre in Calgary in the evening
October 6

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