After being ripped from a 44-year reign, Alberta's Progressive Conservative (PC) party is mulling a unification with the Wildrose.
Joining the two parties could end vote splitting that some say cost the right-wing in the election.
"The Wildrose and PC parties have negotiated a unity agreement to create the United Conservative Party (UPC)," explained PC leader, Jason Kenney. "That will only happen if it's endorsed by a majority of the members."
In March, the New Democratic Party announced the Highway 15 bridge and roadway got the green light, just one of the many projects Notley's government has taken on. Some are concerned if the left-wing NDP are denied a second term, Fort Saskatchewan's project will be cancelled.
"If there is a UCP government, infrastructure investments will be a key priority and funding will be set aside for that, especially the priorities of local communities. We can't do everything, but if that's the top local priority then it should be done," reassured Kenney.
Kenney, whose controversial leadership platform was based on party unification, said a vote for uniting the right would bring together the best of what Alberta needs.
"I respect the legacy of the PC party in helping to build much of modern Alberta and create the Alberta Advantage and I also admire the idealism of the folks who started the Wildrose Party to be a principled voice for fiscal conservatism and democratic reform."
If the right-wing members decide to vote for unification, the party will be thrust into another leadership election. Kenney declined to say whether his name would be on the ballot again.
A no vote would see no change in the current party layout, merely more self-reflection from the PC's into what went wrong. So far, key party figures have said they were arrogant and not listening to the people that mattered— the voters.
The Progressive Conservative Party's dynasty began with Peter Lougheed in 1971, winning all but six seats in the Legislature. It crumbled in 2015 under Jim Prentice after 44 years— the longest reign for a party in Canadian history.
PC members can vote online or by phone at 1 (800) 461-4443. Polls close on July 22 at 6:00 p.m.

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