July 03 2018

Nomination Candidate FAQ

So, you want to be a UCP MLA…

Q. Who is eligible to run for a nomination?

A. Anyone who has been a member in good standing for at least six months is eligible to run for a nomination. 


Q. Do I need to live in the constituency I wish to run in?

A. No.


Q. Who is eligible to vote in a nomination?

A. Anyone who resides within the geographic boundaries of the constituency and has been a UCP member in good standing for the length of time as set in the nomination rules. 


Q. Who is eligible to be a member?

A. To be a member of the UCP, one must:

  • be ordinarily a resident of Alberta;
  • be at least 14 years of age;
  • be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • have resided in the province for at least 6 months;
  • indicate their intention to join the UCP by personally authorizing an application for membership in the UCP;
  • support the principles of the UCP; and
  • have paid the prescribed membership fee, personally or through an immediate family member (spouse, parent or child).


Q. How do you purchase a membership?

A. Membership applications may be filled in online. If you prefer to use paper forms, you may print off the membership application form. Nomination contestants will be set up with a membership portal by submitting a request to nominations@unitedconservative.ca.


Q. What is the membership fee? 

A. $10.00 for 1 year, $20.00 for 2 years, $25.00 for 3 years.


Q. Where can I find the Candidate Selection Rules and Procedures?

A. The Rules may be reviewed here.


Q How do I obtain a copy of the candidate application?

A. You may receive a copy of the Nomination Contestant Questionnaire and other relevant documents by submitting a request to nominations@unitedconservative.ca.


Q When can I request the Nomination Contestant Questionnaire?

A. You may request a Questionnaire at any time. Interested individuals must personally request an Application from the Party.


Q When can I submit my Nomination Contestant Questionnaire?

A. You may submit a complete Questionnaire at any time, provided the Nomination Contest has not concluded in your riding.


Q How do I obtain a membership list?

A. You may receive a copy of the membership list for the constituency in which you are seeking the nomination once you submit your completed Questionnaire, minus the nomination petition, as well as the required payments and fees.


Q. Do I need to register with Elections Alberta in order to seek the nomination?

A. Yes. Nomination campaigns are now regulated under provincial law. Once you publicly declare your intent to run you must register as a nomination contestant with Elections Alberta and appoint a Chief Financial Officer (CFO). A CFO is the person responsible for ensuring compliance with all aspects of campaign finance, including the filing of a campaign return. You will not be permitted to raise or spend any funds until you register with Elections Alberta.

  • Registration Forms can be found on Elections Alberta’s website here.
  • The Elections Alberta Nomination Contestant Guide can be found here.


Q. On the Elections Alberta nomination candidate registration form, there is a section concerning acceptance from a political party or constituency association. Do I need this approval to register?

A. No, you do not need this endorsement to register with Elections Alberta. The party will provide acceptance once a contestant has been vetted and the formal nomination process in the relevant constituency has commenced.


Q. When should I start signing up new members? 

A. You should sign up and submit membership applications on an ongoing basis as soon as you decide you are interested in seeking the nomination. The sooner you start campaigning, the better you will do. You must regularly submit any memberships you sell to the Party office using the Party’s preferred method.


Q. What is the spending restrictions for a nomination campaign?

A. Your spending is capped at 20% of the constituency election campaign limit. For 2018 that cap is $10,000 * (subject to change). Fees for entering a nomination contest do not count toward that limit.


Q. What are the rules around donations for a nomination campaign?

A. Only individuals (not corporations or unions) will be able to contribute to your campaign. Donations to a nomination contestant count toward an individual’s $4000 annual contribution limit and are eligible for tax receipts. If the donor surpasses their $4000 limit in providing you a contribution, you will be obligated to return their donation.


Q. Do I need a campaign office? 

A. No.


Q. What sort of promotional literature do I need? 

A. Typically, contestants will prepare a brochure that outlines their experience and policies.


Q. Should I have a pamphlet when I am running for the nomination?

A. A pamphlet can be an effective recruiting tool. It shows people you are serious about being a contestant and gives you a chance to set out some of your ideas in writing. It also gives you opportunity to leave something with people if they want to think about whether or not to support you.


Q. Should I have presence on social media? 

A. Many contestants use platforms such as Facebook, twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to promote themselves and complement (or, to save costs, duplication) their promotional brochure.


Q. What are the rules around using the UCP name and logo?

A. Nomination contestants cannot use the UCP logo or colours in any promotional materials. Also, contestants should clearly identify themselves as a contestant for the UCP nomination in the constituency and not call themselves candidate for MLA.


Q When will my riding’s Nomination Contest begin?

A. The Party will conduct Nomination Contests across Alberta on a continuous basis. Any Nomination Contest that has formally begun will be posted on the Party website; you are encouraged to regularly check for updates.