May 27, 2022 – The United Conservative Party of Alberta has taken the next step towards a leadership race by appointing a Leadership Election Committee.
“We’ve secured an outstanding group of Party volunteers who bring diverse perspectives to the table from all corners of the province,” said Cynthia Moore, UCP President. “A leadership race is a time of renewal and we’re excited to showcase the strength of our team and get on with the race.”
The Leadership Election Committee is responsible under UCP by-laws for setting the rules and procedures for the race, such as timelines, entrance requirements and the voting method. They will build on existing rules created by the membership, such as the requirement for a preferential ballot and a one-member, one-vote system.
Appointed Chair of the Committee is David Price, a labour and employment lawyer with Stikeman Elliott LLP and a long-time party activist. Joining him on the Committee are Constituency Association Presidents Casey Deschamp, Larry Spagnolo, Tim Heger and Ron Young. Former MPs Devinder Shory and Rick Casson were also appointed, as well as Maryann Chichak, the former Mayor of Whitecourt, and former UCP President Ryan Becker. Serving as non-voting members are UCP President Cynthia Moore, CFO Maxwell DeGroat and VP Joe Friesenhan.
The Board took another important step to secure the integrity of UCP voting processes. Effective June 1, 2022 at 5pm, the Party will no longer accept cash as a form of payment for memberships. Only a personal credit card, personal cheque or money order will be accepted.