List of growing candidates in the Alberta UCP Leadership Race


The list of candidates to replace Jason Kenny as the leader of Alberta’s Unified Conservative Party (UCP) continues to grow, even if the eligibility rules have not yet been finalized.

Fort McMurray-Luck Rabish UCPMLA Brian Jean will launch a campaign in Edmonton on June 15th. Jean was the leader of the opposition and the last leader of the Wild Rose Party from 2015 to 2017 before merging with the Progressive Conservatives. Prior to that, he was a conservative MP for Fort McMurray Athabaskan from 2006 to 2014.

Jean’s latest mission as an MLA began on March 16, 2022, after winning a by-election. Prior to that, he temporarily left politics in 2018 when he left his seat after losing his bid for UCP leadership in 2017.

Alberta’s Minister of Child Service Rebecca Schultz will resign on June 14, demonstrating leadership and officially launching the campaign later this afternoon. The Calgary Shaw MLA told the post media that people have a well-divided politics and that the party needs a united front to defeat Rachel Nottry and the NDP in the next election.

“We need someone who can bring party members back to the decision-making table and show compassion and common sense in addition to conservative values, as well as being competent and disciplined,” she said.

Chestamia-Strassmore UCPMLA Leela Aheel announced her candidacy at a radio talk show on the morning of June 7. Aheer was first elected as the Wildrose Party MLA in 2015. After winning her second term at UCP in 2019, she was appointed Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism, and Women’s Status in Alberta.

Aheel lost his cabinet post in 2021 shortly after publicly criticizing leader Jason Kenny for dining with three ministers on an Edmonton patio linked to a government office space called Sky Palace. .. At that time, it violated the COVID-19 health regulations.

Todd Lowen announced that his leadership bid on the same day as Aheel. Central Peace’s Independent MLA-Notley was launched from the UCP Caucus in May 2021 after challenging Kenny’s leadership in a letter posted on Facebook. He was first elected as Wild Rose MLA in 2015.

In launching a campaign in the town of Valleyview, 350 kilometers northwest of Edmonton, Lowen said he was aiming to “build a movement for little guys.”

“Alberta is fully looking forward to returning to the basics of accountable and ethical government. It’s time to draw enormous influence from politics,” he said.

Former Finance Minister Travis Toews launched a campaign on June 4th at Stampede Ground in Calgary. He said his goal was to bring the party back to the vision it had when it was founded in 2019.

Toews’ February budget was the second most balanced Alberta budget since 2008, with a $ 511 million surplus forecast from 2022 to 2011.

On June 3rd, former Wild Rose candidate Bill Rock took part in the race. Rock is the mayor of Amisk, a village of 206 people, 220 kilometers southeast of Edmonton. He finished third when he ran for Wild Rose in 2015. Wetaskiwin-Camrose voters gave him 21.5 percent of the votes.

In an interview with the post-media, Locke called himself a “wildcard”, highlighting concerns about local crime, hospital and ambulance services, public school funding, and infrastructure flaws, loudly in the Albertan region. I said I want to talk.

Daniel Smith first announced her candidacy on May 19th. Smith was the leader of the Wild Rose Party from 2009 to 2014 before he went into exile in the Progressive Conservatives. Former opposition leaders represented Highwood from 2012 to 2015 before losing the bid to represent the progressive conservatives.

Smith is currently seeking nominations for Livingstone-McLeod. He is 51 years old, president of Alberta Enterprise Group, and has worked in the media for many years. He recently worked as a host for a radio talk show. She was also the Director of Alberta Affairs of the Canadian Independent Business Federation.

June 3 UCP announces The race rules and procedures are “currently under development and will be completed within a few weeks.” The existing rule states that candidates must retain party members for at least 6 months, submit admission fees and applications, and submit a nomination petition signed by at least 500 members.

Lee Harding


Lee Harding is a Saskatchewan-based journalist and think tank researcher and contributor to The Epoch Times.