Members of the United Conservative Party will elect a new Leader on Thursday October 6, 2022 through a mail-in ballot with an option to vote in-person at one of five polling locations across the province.

The deadline for UCP supporters to join or renew their membership and vote in the leadership race is Friday August 12, 2022.

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, and the new Leader is announced
October 6


Leela Aheer

Todd Loewen

Rebecca Schulz

Rajan Sawhney

Brian Jean

Danielle Smith

Travis Toews



Join us August 30, 2022 from 6:00 – 8:00PM at the Maclab Theatre at the Citadel and streamed live on our website. There are a limited number of  tickets available for our live studio audience. Get yours today!

Medicine Hat


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

Verification & Counting

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

Highlights include:

  • Ballots are mailed to Deloitte Canada and kept in a secure facility.
  • ID verification takes place from May 11 – 17. This process is overseen by the neutral Returning Officer, Deloitte Canada, and CA Presidents, Secretaries and CFOs who are acting as scrutineers on behalf of the membership.
  • Ballots will be counted on May 18 and the results announced once the results have been determined. 


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FAQ and Documents

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

Entrance fees cover the cost of organizing the race, from printing postage to hall rentals, auditors and other necessary items. The Party will not make a profit on the leadership race which is prohibited by election financing laws. 

No. Eligible members will automatically receive a ballot in the mail sometime after Friday September 2, 2022.

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

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.

There will be the option to vote at one of five in-person voting locations on Thursday October 6, 2022. A polling location will be set up in each of the Party’s five provincial regions (North, South, Central, Edmonton and Calgary). The locations and times will be announced soon.

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%.

Yes. The Leadership Election Committee is working on the format, time and date for the debate(s). We will announce details as soon as they are available.

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