Alberta Party announces Leadership Race
May 29, 2013
EDMONTON – The Alberta Party will hold an election to select a new Leader to coincide with its Annual General Meeting on Sept. 21, 2013. Former Leader Glenn Taylor stepped down last September.
“It's been nearly a year since we've had a leader to fly our colourful blue, yellow and green flag around the province and spread the word about the best idea to hit Alberta politics in a long time,” says Will Munsey, President of the Alberta Party. “We are a party that will put regular Albertans into the decision making of government, a party that values good ideas regardless of where they come from, and puts the long-term interests of Alberta ahead of short-term political gain.”
The Alberta Party is the first political party to hold a leadership race since the provincial government changed the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act late last year. The changes require candidates running for leadership of a party to record and disclose donors who give more than $250 towards their campaign. The new laws are similar to the requirements that the party voluntarily imposed on candidates during its last leadership race in 2011.
“Our party has always believed that transparency is a cornerstone of a healthy democracy and we are pleased that there are new rules around leadership race finances,” Says Munsey. “We’re very proud to be the party that gets to set the bar for all other leadership races in the future.”
Nominations for Leader of the Alberta Party will be open until August 12. More information on the nomination process and election is on the party’s website at www.albertaparty.ca/leadership.
For further information please contact:
Catherine Brownlee, Alberta Party Executive Director