Alberta Wil­drose still wants Tory merger

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

ED­MON­TON — Alberta Wil­drose Leader Brian Jean says he’ll re­new ef­forts in 2016 to hook up with the very Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives who tied a ce­ment block to his party and tossed it off a bridge. It’s a job Jean says he is sur­prised to be lead­ing. “I don’t be­lieve I was elected to unite the PCs and the Wil­drose. I be­lieve I was there to fight (them),” Jean told The Cana­dian Press in a year-end in­ter­view. But the ma­jor­ity of Wil­drosers are alarmed by the di­rec­tion the NDP is tak­ing Alberta’s frag­ile econ­omy with soaring debt and new taxes, so the rank-and-file have given him new march­ing or­ders, he said. “Over the last seven, eight months I’ve ... trav­elled the prov­ince on a con­tin­u­ous ba­sis and I get a lot of emails and a lot of phone calls,” he said. “It’s clear to me that 80 per cent of the peo­ple in my mem­ber­ship be­lieve that we should be open­minded to all con­ser­va­tive-prin­ci­pled peo­ple ? whether it be un­der one ban­ner that’s Wil­drose or one ban­ner that’s some­thing else.”

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