The Right Way? Uniting the Right in Alberta

CPAC Special

The Right Way? Uniting the Right in Alberta

The NDP’s only provincial premier is at the midway point in her term but Rachel Notley’s chances for re-election in 2019 are going to be shaped by events occurring over the next few months. It’s not about the economy which is stagnant, or the budget which is deep in the red, or even the carbon tax which is unpopular. Notley’s re-election chances rest with the egos and political skill of the leaders of Alberta’s two opposition parties. In May, Brian Jean, the leader of the Wildrose Party and Jason Kenney , the leader of the Alberta PC’s, agreed to a deal that would see both parties merge into one. Party membership would have to ratify the deal and a new leader for the new party would be chosen by October. As easy as it sounds, the merger may or may not succeed. The last attempt at bringing both parties to the alter had a bitter and unceremonious end, the leader of the Wildrose left the party and the ruling Progressive-Conservatives lost power for the first time in 44 years. As the task to bring these two parties back together begins CPAC’s Ed Watson reports on the potential pitfalls and benefits of a united right wing political party in Alberta.