An overwhelming 95 percent of both the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose voters made the decision to unite their respective political parties on July 22. Jason Kenney, the Alberta PC leader, said many Albertans have taken the decision to put the future first instead of the past and to concentrate on what unites voters of both parties, and not which divides them. The result was a shock to even the most seasoned pollster.
Many pollsters believe that the standard Albertan believes that the two parties are not much different from each other. Both the parties want cut taxes and eliminate carbon tax. The principal thing common between them is defeating NDP. Brian Jean, leader of Wildrose said to conservatives to enjoy the present temporary phase.
Most pollsters had anticipated a robust 'no' result from the members. These constituents were thought to be angry concerning the merger idea. They were also supposed to be hostile to the possibility of centrist or the NDP supporters having purchased memberships so that the merger vote could be canceled. The dominant idea of pollsters has been echoed by Janet Brown, a pollster based out of Calgary. She said that the vote put to bed the idea of forming an extreme rightist party in Alberta. The right wingers clearly could not mobilize their supporters. However, she warned, there will be discussions about the formation of a certain centrist party. These centrists were loath to be present at the time of PC leadership vote which then subsequently elected Jason Kenney. Brown pointed out that the centrists were noticeably absent when it came to supporting the Progressive Conservative Party when it came to the existence of the latter.
Parties and developing new policies
The results spell trouble for the incumbent NDP administration. The NDP wrested power from Progressive Conservatives. The latter fell dramatically from their 40 years of continuous rule. Sarah Hoffman, the Deputy Premier, worded her feelings when she told the assembled media that she wants to ask members of the Political Conservatives on whether they want to slash the Wildrose cuts. It is known that this will have lasting and deep impacts.
The United Discovery Party must now develop a policy and also pick a new person to head the party from October. Jason Kenney, Brian Jean, and Doug Schweitzer, the Calgary Lawyer, are on the list. A few polls held recently found the leaders of the two parties are now closely competing, with a slight lead being enjoyed by Jean.