Nice that Alberta right-wingers believe in flower power. I am a bit surprised that Alberta feels the need for another right wing party. What they need is a Red Rose commie party.
Two Alberta right-wing parties propose joining forces
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 2, 2008 | 11:47 AM MT
Two political parties who tout themselves as the conservative alternatives in Alberta are proposing a merger in anticipation of a spring election in the province.
The Alberta Alliance announced the plan to join forces with the fledgling Wildrose Party of Alberta, formed in June 2007, on its website . The idea is subject to approval by members of both parties as well as electoral authorities.
'The policy differences between our parties are minimal. We strongly urge our members to get behind this union.'
—Rob James, Wildrose Party presidentIf approved, the merged party would be called the Wildrose Alliance and led by Paul Hinman, MLA for Cardston-Taber-Warner and current leader of the Alberta Alliance, which was created in 2002.
Members have been invited to a meeting on Jan. 19 at the Westin Hotel in Calgary where further details of the proposed merger are to be revealed.
The plan calls for the parties to combine common policies, adopt a constitution similar to that of the Wildrose Party and elect a new joint party executive.
"Paul Hinman is respected by members of the Wildrose Party, as are the achievements of Alliance Party founder and president Randy Thorsteinson," said Wildrose Party president Rob James in a statement.
"The policy differences between our parties are minimal. We strongly urge our members to get behind this union."
Hinman said Premier Ed Stelmach's Conservative government has lost touch with Albertans.
"We owe it to Albertans to give them a united and effective alternative," he said.