The below is a proposed timeline from which the party will be working to merge with the Wildrose. The timeline is an estimation of how unity may unfold.
Monday, March 20, 2017
As a first step, Hon. Jason Kenney will be meeting with Wildrose party leader, Brian Jean to begin preliminary unity negotiations.
A PC Alberta discussion team will be struck to work with its Wildrose counterpart. These two groups, working with the objective of achieving unity, will debate and finalize the details of a unification agreement. The composition of these teams was finalized on Friday, March 24, 2017. More information is available here.
An agreement for achieving unity is expected to be concluded by the end of Spring 2017.
Should an agreement be reached by the end of Spring 2017, arrangements will be made for a referendum to take place in the early summer of 2017.
Creating the new party
Following ratification of a unity agreement through an open and democratic referendum, the rest of the summer and fall of 2017 will be spent laying the groundwork for a new party. This will include establishing new constituency association, creating new bylaws for the new party and defining the new party's core values.
By late fall (November 2017) a founding convention will occur to establish a new party and elect its Board of Directors.
Immediately following the creation of a new party, that new entity will establish a Leadership Election Committee to define the rules for a leadership election. This election will conclude with the election of a leader by early 2018 (February-March).
party members will be consulted for their feedback and guidance. In the coming weeks, a survey will be sent to all party members. This survey will ask members to provide feedback on the new party's name, its core values, and other aspects. Our constituency associations will receive continual updates on the progress of the unity plan.