— Brian Jean (@BrianJeanWRP) January 26, 2017
The leader of the Wildrose Party says he’s prepared to step down if a unity agreement is formed with the PC Party.
In a seven-minute video posted online yesterday, Brian Jean says if the two parties come together he will seek the leadership of the conservative party in a race that would be conducted this summer.
He adds while he’s confident the Wildrose would defeat the NDP on their own in the next election, consolidating is the best chance of ensuring they’ll be successful.
“Not just for the next election, but the elections that future generations will face and our movement must serve future generations; it must have a greater purpose than just defeating the NDP. We must be committed, firmly, to the principles and common-sense policies that have driven the Wildrose Party, and principled conservative parties in Alberta’s past.”
Jean notes together they will win and defeat NDP MLAs in every region of Alberta. He adds, members of both parties would be treated equally and have the same say as the last.
“We must recognize that all the members, both Wildrose and PC, must be treated and respected as equals. We must remember the members will decide the name for Alberta’s Conservative movement.”
Before the merger could happen, Jean says he wouldn’t be surprised if an early election is called by the NDP’s.
“Rachel Notley could very well call such an election if she sees any vulnerability in Alberta’s conservative movement. Our party’s survival has been put at risk by that type of cynical and jaded politics in the past, and I’m not willing to take that chance with Alberta’s future.”
Conservative leadership candidates have spoken out on Jean’s comments, including Jason Kenny.
Kenny, who’s made uniting the two parties a big part of his bid says if he wins the leadership on March 18th, he would sit down with Jean immediately to start working out the details of a merger.
He adds he’s delighted to hear Jean’s statement adding it demonstrates that he’s in touch with Albertans.
“I believe in my heart that this is the right thing to do,” said Jean to close out his video.