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The next leader of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta will be elected on March 18, 2017, in Calgary. This election represents the first time in thirty years that the leader of the party will be elected through a delegated convention. It is a unique opportunity for all Albertans to shape the party.

Because this is the first time since 1985 that our party is using a delegated convention system to elect our next leader, it’s understandable have questions about the process. We have put together some information to explain how it works. Please click here to view our infographic.

On this page, you will find all the information you need about the convention including the program for the event, accommodations, venue, location and delegate registration. For all elected delegates, observers and members of the media you will find all the necessary registration forms and details on this page. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact us at leadership@pcalberta.org.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

If you are planning on attending the convention as either a voting delegate, observer or member of the media, please review the information below. All attendees to the convention must provide their contact information and pay the corresponding registration fee. Members of the media must complete and submit a media accreditation form, which is available below.

Early bird registration ends on Monday, February 22, 2017.

 VOTING DELEGATES

All elected and automatic delegates must register to attend the convention. Early bird pricing is $150 and is in effect until Monday, February 22, 2017. Your ticket gives you access to all social events on March 17 and full access to the official proceedings on March 18.  All automatic delegates, including Constituency Association Presidents and Board Members, must also pay the applicable registration fee. Please click here to pay the registration fee.

YOUTH DELEGATES 

All elected and appointed youth delegates must register to attend the convention. Early bird pricing is $100 and is in effect until Monday, February 22, 2017. Your ticket gives you access to all social events on March 17 and full access to the official proceedings on March 18. Please click here to pay the registration fee.

ALTERNATE DELEGATES 

The election rules allow alternates to be substituted in and be granted voting status right up until the end of the first ballot. It is advisable that all alternates register and pay the corresponding registration fee as early as possible. This will ensure that you are eligible to vote and can be conferred voting status if called upon. Early bird pricing is $150 and is in effect until Monday, February 22, 2017. Your ticket gives you access to all social events on March 17 and full access to the official proceedings on March 18. Please click here to pay the registration fee.

OBSERVERS

Observers are individuals who are not PC members but who wish to observe the proceedings and election. To attend as an observer, you must register to attend the convention. The registration fee is $250 which gives you access to all social events on March 17 and full access to the official proceedings on March 18. Observers are not entitled to vote at the convention. Please click here to pay the registration fee.

SOCIAL ATTENDEES

All PC members are invited to attend the event’s public social events. These events include the Friday night kick-off party and all hospitality suites. This ticket will also give you access to the convention floor after the last votes have been cast. This will allow you to be on the convention floor when the winner is announced and hear the new leader’s victory speech.

The registration fee is $100 and is eligible for a $75 tax receipt. Please click here to pay the registration fee.

MEDIA

All members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend the convention. For the first time in over 30 years, the next leader of our party will be elected through a delegated convention. This will be a truly historic event and we openly encourage all members of the media to attend. If you would like to attend, please click here to download the Media Accreditation Form. Please submit the completed version to media@pcalberta.org. You can also email any questions or concerns you have to the same address and we will reply promptly.

HOTEL INFORMATION

For those who will be traveling from outside the Calgary area to participate in the convention, the party has secured discounted hotel rooms at several nearby hotels. We anticipate a large number of delegates to attend the convention and estimate that close to 1,500 delegates will be in attendance. We thus encourage all of those who wish to spend the night in Calgary to make their hotel reservations immediately. We will not be able to guarantee room availability after February 20, 2017, so please ensure to reserve your room before then.

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CONVENTION PROGRAM

The official program of the convention will begin on Friday, March 17, 2017, with an evening social event with the candidates. The convention’s official business will begin on the morning of Saturday, March 18, 2017. The first vote will begin promptly on Saturday morning with initial results expected to be announced by mid-morning. Should no one candidate received 50% + 1 of the vote, a second round of voting will begin. The process will be repeated until a single candidate receives 50% + 1 of the delegates.

Once the new leader is elected he will be invited to make a statement which will be followed by a social event.

It is important to know that due to the nature of the delegated voting system, it is difficult to provide exact details as to when the voting may conclude. Should a candidate receive 50% + 1 in the first ballot, there will be no additional voting and the day will conclude quickly. Inversely, there may be multiple rounds of voting, thus extending the day into the late afternoon / early evening. Delegates should prepare to spend a full day at the convention to ensure they don’t miss the last most critical vote.

A detailed program for the convention is currently being finalized, which will be posted here once available. All delegates, observers, and members of the media will also receive the finalized program via email. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact us at leadership@pcalberta.org.

HOSPITALITY SUITES

During the convention, several of the campaigns will be hosting hospitality suites. These events give supporters and all other interested parties the opportunity to talk with the candidates informally and with other candidate supporters. Information about the time and location of these hospitality suites will be provided here as they become available. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact us at leadership@pcalberta.org.

Last updated February 4, 2017