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Right-wing parties eye merger before vote

<p>Two of Alberta’s right-wing political parties are proposing a merger before Premier Ed Stelmach calls the next election.</p>




Two of Alberta’s right-wing political parties are proposing a merger before Premier Ed Stelmach calls the next election.





Party officials with the Alberta Alliance have confirmed that they plan on joining forces with the Wildrose Party, a small political organization formed earlier this summer.





Both parties have been touting themselves as conservative alternatives to the ruling Tory government.





“The policy differences between our parties are minimal. We strongly urge our members to get behind this union,” Wildrose president Rob James said in a statement.





The proposed merger needs to be ratified by members of both parties at a meeting set for Jan. 19. If approved, the new party would be called the Wildrose Alliance and be led by MLA Paul Hinman, the current leader of the Alberta Alliance.





Expected to be called this spring, a provincial election could be tagged on to the government’s annual budget speech, set for Feb. 14.


 
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