UCP executive rejects call for earlier leadership review of Jason Kenney

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The United Conservative Party executive has rejected calls by more than a quarter of its constituency associations to hold a leadership review of Jason Kenney before March 1.

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In a letter to members sent Wednesday, recently-elected president Cynthia Moore says a one-day special general meeting will be held on April 9 in Red Deer to vote on whether Kenney will remain leader of the party.

“Your provincial board of directors has listened to grassroots feedback and charted a new path forward for next year’s leadership review,” the letter said.

In November, 22 dissenting constituency associations called for a leadership review of Kenney to be held prior to March 1, claiming they had passed motions as required under the party’s bylaws.

According to the bylaws, a special general meeting is triggered when more than a quarter of the party’s 87 constituency associations pass identical motions in favour of one.

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They also wanted the process to be overseen by an independent auditor.

Moore was not available for an interview Thursday but in a statement party spokesperson Dave Prisco said that while constituency associations can call for a review it’s up to the board to decide the details.

“The Board did not receive the required 22 resolutions from CA’s but they acted anyway. The Board heard from the membership that they want this matter dealt with and so they have called an SGM for this spring at time and place which strikes a reasonable balance based on feedback from members,” he said.

In her letter, Moore said having a one-day event in Red Deer to deal with just the leadership review will significantly reduce registration costs.

“We are also moving forward with planning our annual general meeting for the Fall of 2022 as has been our tradition. Edmonton has not yet hosted a convention since our united party was founded and it is their turn,” she said.

“Having dealt with the leadership review question in the Spring, this meeting is where we will conduct our annual business.”

Neither Moore nor Prisco made any mention of the call for an independent auditor.

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