The Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta (PCAA) will vote to elect a permanent leader on March 18th, 2017 in Calgary.

“Albertans have told us that our party needs to change and we have heard that message loud and clear. This leadership race will be an important step forward as we seek to regain the trust of Albertans,” PCAA President Katherine O’Neill said today after the party’s board voted to approve the leadership race details. “The election of a new leader will demonstrate that we are an open and transparent party. I invite all Albertans to participate in the process and take advantage of this unique opportunity to shape the future of the party.”

There will also be two leadership debates – the first in Red Deer at the 2016 Fall Policy Conference on November 5-6, and the second in Edmonton in early 2017. Leadership town hall meetings will also be held in Fort McMurray and Lethbridge, with other future venues to be determined.

The election will formally begin on October 1, 2016, with nominations closing on January 9, 2017. For details on preliminary entry requirements, all interested individuals are encouraged to visit the website at http://leadership.pcalberta.com/ for details and updated information. The entire list of candidate entry requirements and the delegate selection process rules will be drafted over the summer and approved by the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta board early this fall.

As a key component of the party’s commitment to change, the election of a permanent leader will occur through a delegated convention. Delegates will be elected at the local level, who will gather in Calgary on March 18 and in turn vote for the next leader of the party.