All signs are pointing to Albertans favouring Wildrose/Progressive Conservative unification. According to a new poll conducted by Mainstreet Research for Postmedia, 54% of respondents want a merger with the highest support coming from Progressive Conservative voters at 72%.
The Wildrose Party were also most popular with 38% support, Progressive Conservatives at 29% and the NDP with only 23%.
But there are those out there that don’t support a merger and even though they might not represent the majority, they sure are making a lot of noise.
We’ve seen the opposition to, and attacks on, Jason Kenney – members have demanded that he be expelled from the party, including Starke’s former finance manager, Jeff Rath.
The committee has decided Kenney’s plan doesn’t violate the rules and the vote for a new PC leader is coming up in less than a month on March 18.
Brian Jean has now stepped up to back the unification plan and that same Mainstreet survey shows he has a 64% approval rating but not everyone is happy about him backing the unification plan.
According to this email sent out by Leduc-Beaumont constituency association President Richard Neil, that association passed a motion to request time to consult with the member base prior to Executive Council acting on any aspect of Brian Jean’s plan to merge the Wildrose Party with the PC’s.
Attached to that email was a letter demanding consultation with a request for all other constituency associations to sign it but at this point, a merger under a new party is a no brainer despite Kenney and Jean facing continued backlash from the minority.
Fortunately for Kenney and the unite movement, the allegations and complaints haven’t held much weight, but we’ve still got a month to go.
We’ll have to see what last ditch efforts, if any, the naysayers have up their sleeves while we wait to see who the new leader of the Progressive Conservatives will be.