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UCP to elect a new leader on October 6

Jason Kenney's Tenure as Leader of the United Conservative Party, and Premier of the province of Alberta will come to an end on October 6th.

This comes as the United Conservative Party announced their intentions to elect a new leader of the party, and effectively a new Premier of Alberta on October 6th. The rules and dates that the leadership race will be governed under were released Tuesday morning.

Prospective candidates will have until July 20th, to register to be a candidate on the ballot, and until August 12th to sign up members, with mail-in ballots being issued in early September.

Each candidate will need to submit $175,000 to be considered a candidate, $150,000 non-refundable with $25,000 being refundable at the end of the race.

The UCP will have In-person voting locations on October 6, at 5 locations, one from each of the regions specified in the Bylaws, to be determined no later than June 24, 2022.

Like the UCP's federal cousins, the Leadership committee states that each candidate will be required to attend party-sanctioned debates, which will be announced at a later date.

To date, there are six candidates running, including Leela Aheer, Travis Toews, Bill Rock, Brian Jean, Rajan Sawhney, and Danielle Smith.

Former Minister of Children Services Rebecca Schulz is making an announcement later Tuesday. Some media outlets have reported that MP Michelle Remple Garner is expected to take the plunge and run for the leadership as well.


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