It’s a big day for the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative Party’s in Alberta.
Tonight, we will learn if the two will merge to form the United Conservative Party, or if it will remain status quo.
Todd Loewen (pictured), MLA for Grande Prairie-Smoky and member of the Wildrose Party, is expecting the right to unite.
“So far, what I’m seeing, it looks like it will pass. I know there’s definitely some dissenters out there, but there’s definitely a lot on side with it too,” he said.
If the vote is not approved by both sides things will likely return to business as usual.
“If it doesn’t go through, then I expect there will be some discussions between the two parties on things that they may be able to do to work together in the future. It will be up to the parties to work together after that,” Loewen explained.
Both the Wildrose and PC’s need 75 per cent of their party members to vote yes to merge. There’s approximately 50,000 eligible PC voters and 40,000 Wildrose members.
Alberta PC party members have had since Thursday morning to cast their votes. PC polls close at 6 p.m. this evening.
Wildrose Party members only have today to cast their ballot. Voting for them open at 8 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.
Loewen also confirmed he will not seek leadership of the United Conservative Party if they do merge.
“I just want to keep my focus on fighting the NDP in the legislature and representing my constituents. That’s my focus at this time.”