The decision has come down and Alberta conservatives have united.
It was a whirlwind of a day that had a few tense moments, especially when it came to the outcome of the Wildrose membership that needed 75 per cent in favour to get to yes.
The Progressive Conservative vote was not all that big of a surprise though, since Jason Kenney made it clear what his mandate was and most people rallied behind him for that reason.
Both parties voted overwhelmingly in favour of unity at 95 per cent; that should be a clear message to all members of the party that this is the direction Alberta conservatives have chosen to go.
But of course, there are those that voted no to unity and in separate media addresses, the former leaders of the parties spoke about unity and the way forward. The former leaders of Alberta’s two conservative parties, Brian Jean and Jason Kenney addressed the media after the decision came down.
Watch my video on to see their reactions and what they had to say about moving forward, their leadership races and the NDP.
The new United Conservative Party will have a founding meeting sometime next week and will name an interim leader. That leader does not have to be an MLA, although Kenney believes it likely will be.
And after formalities like requesting to be recognized as MLAs to the Speaker, it’s on to the leadership race, where a new official leader will be elected October 28.
We know that Kenney, Jean and Calgary lawyer Doug Schweitzer have thrown their hats in and I’m sure we’ll see even more candidates step forward in the coming days and months.