July 19 2018

Presidents Update - July 19, 2018

July 19, 2018

Presidents Update

To our valued UCP Members,

Last week, our party saw two tremendous by-election victories sending a strong message to the NDP that Albertans want thoughtful, responsible and accountable representation. With 82 and 66 per cent of the vote in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake and Fort McMurray-Conklin, respectively, we welcome our new MLAs, Devin Dreeshen and Laila Goodridge, to our caucus.

These victories also demonstrate that we are not resting on our laurels as we continue across all 87 ridings to work with new Constituency Associations that need to be set up and prepared to have representation with a depth of strong candidates ready for the next provincial election.

The support by Albertans in those two by-elections reassures us that we are doing the right thing. However,as a new forming party, I know we can always improve and do better. We need to remain humble, united, and accountable to our grassroots members. I strongly believe we have, and will continue, to take steps to improve the current state by refining our processes and transparency to our membership.

I say this knowing as a new party that growing pains are inevitable. Please remember, we are all here for the same reason; one team that represents Albertans from all walks of life who want a cohesive voice representing the core conservative values we believe in.

As we go through the process to elect our local constituency association (CA) boards, then nomination contestant elections for each CA, we need to remember this party is at a stage where the soil has thawed, and we are beginning to seed. We have a lot of work ahead as we grow, and like crops, some seasons will be easier than others, but that will never steer us away from what we want to accomplish. It is how we learn and improve, that will set us apart.

As we approach our one-year unity anniversary on July 22 I ask that you reflect on what unity has meant to you; the role you have taken to support this effort and for many of our members, the tremendous contribution of time and money you have brought in our founding year.

For the party, unity has included the nomination of our leader, holding our founding AGM, election of our first board of directors and putting into practice how we govern ourselves and the initial steps of policy development. Unity has also meant bringing together two ways of operating from our legacy parties into the UCPs way of operating.

I have the privilege as your President, to share where we are, what we have learned, and where we are headed.

Our members told us they want more communication and tools from the party.

How we responded:

  • The party shared a comprehensive package with all Presidents around process and procedures to support our local CAs. This included information on;
    • Nomination process FAQs and all supporting documentation to setup nomination contests in your local CAs
    • Board FAQs on roles and responsibilities
    • Brand assets and logo
  • CA portal information and registration documents
    • I scheduled telephone town halls with all riding Presidents in each of the respect regions to understand local needs and provide a party update.
    • The party will be sharing messaging with the CAs on issues and best practices going forward.

Our members told us they want more local support for AGMs, board meetings, and nomination contests.

How we responded:

  • The party hired more staff to support our local CAs and members. These individuals can support meetings, nominations, regional events, fundraising efforts, and daily operations across the province.
  • The Board and Nominations Committee discussed process and expectations going forward. As a result of this conversation, an additional level of communication will be added to the process, to enhance the fair, democratic and transparent process.

Our members told us they want more tools and support, as we gear up for the 2019 election.

How we responded

  • A dedicated election readiness staff member has been hired to develop tools for CAs and campaign teams over the coming months.
  • As we go forward, it’s important for you to know that as your Board, we will continue to listen to our membership. Our role is to act on your behalf, to build our party’s foundation, and to learn and share those lessons along the way. This won’t happen overnight, but we will get there, together. We will set ourselves, and our province, up for long-term conservative prosperity.

Thank you for your ongoing support and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Erika Barootes

UCP President


July 20 UCP K-Days Breakfast and Parade Walk, Edmonton

Join UCP Leader Jason Kenney and caucus members over breakfast for a pre-parade breakfast from 7 to 8:30am at Michael Phair Park (10124 104 St NW). Members are also invited to show their support for the UCP and walk in the K-Days Parade starting at 10:00am.

RSVP your attendance for the breakfast and to volunteer with this LINK.

RSVP your attendance for the parade with this LINK. Location of where to meet will be sent today.

July 20 Cold Lake Airshow

Stop by the UCP Booth at the Full Throttle Festival, July 20

We are showing our support for Alberta’s military members and veterans at the Full Throttle Festival on 50 Avenue that will kick-off the Cold Lake Airshow. Be sure to stop by the UCP Booth between 3:00 and 7:00pm to say hello and buy your UCP membership!

UCP Leader Jason Kenney will be in attendance on Friday, July 20 and at the Cold Lake Airshow on Saturday, July 21.

July 22 UCP Unity Anniversary Rally, Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton

You are invited to join the celebration of unity

Sunday marks our first year as Alberta’s new united, Conservative party. A milestone for our members, our province and our future. This event is free for everyone (not a member only event), and our leader, Jason Kenney, will be speaking! Please RSVP using this LINK (including total number of guests attending).

Date: Sunday, July 22

Time: Doors open at 5:00pm. Event starts at 6:00pm.

Location: Shaw Conference Center, 9797 Jasper Ave, Edmonton

Cash bar and hot-food available for purchase.

  • This event is open to members, non-members and children
  • You do not have to RSVP to attend – by RSVPing you are helping us plan for an even better experience


During these updates, I think it’s important to highlight some of the great volunteers we have in our party.

For our first feature, I want to introduce you to Shaun Holtby. I met this dynamic 16-year-old at our founding AGM and our paths have crossed several times as he knocks doors, meets and recruits new members. Shaun is a great example of the strong youth membership we have across our province and how to get the job done.

Shaun Holtby, Constituency: Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills

I first learned about politics when I went to the forum for young Canadians in Ottawa. The program teaches youth about the political process. I returned to Alberta charged up to go fight for my future. I contact William Stevenson to get involved in politics and begin my learning.

Recently, I have been working on the Devin Dreeshen campaign helping with door knocking and putting up lawn signs. I had a good and fun time with Devin and the team. I was proud to help Devin and the UCP win big.

If I could tell members one thing, it would be that campaigns are fun.


We have a Nomination News item posted to the website that is updated as new events are opened, including voting details and announcements when nominations have closed. Here is a link to this article on the homepage of website.



People who have requested/returned a package or been nominated

Calgary - Lougheed

Jason Kenney - Nominated

Calgary - West

Mike Ellis - Nominated

Airdrie - East

Angela Pitt - Nominated

Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House - Sundre

Jason Nixon - Nominated

Taber - Warner

Grant Hunter - Nominated

Cardston - Siksika

Joseph Schow - Nominated

Fort Saskatchewan - Vegreville

Jackie Homeniuk - Nominated

Strathcona - Sherwood Park

Nate Glubbish - Nominated

Calgary - Edgemont

Prasad Panda - Nominated

Calgary - Hays

Ric McIver - Nominated

Olds - Didsbury - Three Hills

Nathan Cooper - Nominated

Cypress - Medicine Hat

Drew Barnes - Nominated

Edmonton-Gold Bar

David Dorward - Nominated

Calgary - Foothills

Jason Luan - Nominated

Brooks - Medicine Hat

Michaela Glasgo - Nominated

Athabasca - Barrhead-Westlock

Glenn Van Djiken - Nominated

Central Peace - Notley

Todd Loewen - Nominated

Calgary - Buffalo

Nomination Voting date set for July 21

Chestermere - Strathmore

Leela Aheer - Nominated

Edmonton - Castle Downs

July 26 - August 2

Peace River

July 31 - August 7

Calgary - Peigan

Nomination Voting date set for August 2

Grande Prairie

Nomination Voting date set for August 2