Yesterday afternoon the Board of Directors met in Red Deer to approve the rules for the upcoming leadership election. They were formed by the Leadership Election Committee (LEC) who was tasked with ensuring a fair, open, honest and transparent process for all candidates.

With the rules now finalized, the Progressive Conservative Leadership Election is set to begin on October 1, 2016 with the official opening of nominations. Based on feedback from our membership to allow more time for the delegate selection meetings to occur and to allow candidates increased time to campaign, it was decided to shorten the nomination period and close candidate nominations on November 10, 2016.

I’m pleased with the work of the LEC and am confident that the approved rules will ensure a fair election for all candidates. We’re looking forward to a dynamic time in our party. The next six months are an opportunity to get Albertans engaged and excited about our province’s future. Reach out to your friends, your neighbours and get them engaged at every level.

In particular, the board agreed on the following:

  1. Each constituency association will elect 15 delegates on a single ballot, which will be allotted as follows:
    • Five of these must be members of the board of the constituency association (One youth and four non-youth).
    • Ten must be members in good standing of the constituency association (Two youth and eight non-youth).
  2. The entry requirements for candidates will include:
    • A $30,000 non-refundable candidate administration fee; and a $20,000 compliance bond;
    • 500 signatures from PCAA members, with 100 from each region (North, South, Central, Calgary, Edmonton); and
    • A disclosure report by each candidate of all pre-writ expenses and donations related to their leadership campaign.

These new rules along with the existing entry requirements will ensure a fair election for all candidates. This leadership is a unique opportunity for all members to help shape the future of the party.

Please check for the complete updated rules, which will be uploaded to our dedicated leadership election microsite in the coming days.

I’m proud to be a Progressive Conservative, and I look forward to all that is to come.


Katherine O’Neill
President, PC Alberta