The Alberta NDP's surprise 2015 victory was due to the political estrangement of the province’s centre and centre-right political cultures. Although they earned a combined 51 per cent of the vote, the PCs and Wildrose won just 30 of the 86 seats in Edmonton’s legislature.
But a merger of the two parties this summer has led to rapprochement and an ongoing leadership campaign to head the United Conservative Party.
Major candidates Brian Jean and Jason Kenney are currently running even in the polls and while the Kenney campaign has been light on substance, Brian Jean has released a detailed, extensive and frightening platform outlining his vision for Alberta.
In this conversation, Joel French of advocacy group Public Interest Alberta discusses the leadership race and explains why the proposals in Jean's platform would be a disaster for the province.