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Alberta P.C.s, Wildrose reach merger deal

A merger of the two parties would form a right-wing force to challenge Alberta’s NDP government


 
Jason Kenney delivers his victory speech at the Alberta PC Party leadership convention in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, March 18, 2017. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

Jason Kenney delivers his victory speech at the Alberta PC Party leadership convention in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, March 18, 2017. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

EDMONTON – Sources have told The Canadian Press that Alberta’s two conservative parties have struck a tentative deal to merge.

The two party leaders – Brian Jean of the Wildrose and Jason Kenney of the Progressive Conservatives – are expected to speak to the deal at a news conference later today.

Any deal would still have to be approved by a majority of members in both parties.

Wildrose leader Brian Jean arrives at a campaign stop in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, April 28, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Wildrose leader Brian Jean arrives at a campaign stop in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, April 28, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

The Wildrose has previously said it will need 75 per cent or more of its members to OK the deal while the Progressive Conservatives say they will require a simple majority of 50 per cent plus one.

A group of representatives from both parties has been meeting for the last two months to hammer out a deal.

Kenney won the PC party leadership in March on a platform to merge and both Kenney and Jean have said they’ll run for the leadership of a consolidated party.


 

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