Alberta Progressive Conservatives set to pick new leader at delegated convention


Published on March 18, 2017

CALGARY — Alberta Progressive Conservatives are meeting today in Calgary to choose a new leader.

Former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney is running against Alberta PC legislature member Richard Starke and party member Byron Nelson.

It's the first delegate convention run by the party in 30 years.

The leadership race has been dominated by Kenney's plan to fold up the PCs to merge with the Wildrose party.

Kenney says merging is the only way to avoid vote splitting that would guarantee Premier Rachel Notley's NDP a win in the 2019 provincial election.

Starke and Nelson say they will follow the wishes of PC members who last spring rejected a merger in favour of rebuilding the party that ran Alberta for more than four decades.

The Canadian Press