January 11 2018

Governance Development Process

We have come a long way since the unity referendums that saw agreement to amalgamate the legacy parties into the United Conservative Party. We have made amazing strides in the past five months and now we must focus our attention on developing the guiding documents on which members will vote at our Founding General Meeting and Convention May 4 – 6 in Red Deer.

When members of both legacy parties voted in favour of the Agreement in Principle, we agreed to the creation of the Policy Committee to accomplish the following:

a. Develop founding policies to be considered by members at the first convention and general meeting

b. Review the bylaws and provide members the opportunity to amend them at the founding meeting

c. Develop proposed constitutional documents for members to review, amend and ratify at the founding general meeting

The Policy Committee has created a process to involve all party members and constituency associations in all aspects of the development of our new party's policy and governance documents. 

Phase 1 - Develop the Process - COMPLETE

Phase 2 - Develop Initial Proposals, Surveys and Proposal Submissions

This phase is underway now. Members are asked to participate in surveys and there is a call for member submissions for both policy and governance documents to be voted on at the founding meeting.

The Policy Committee has composed framework document proposals as a starting point to facilitate member discussion (that is what is included above). Please ensure you read these documents prior to responding to the surveys. The documents are not intended to be complete or comprehensive and we expect amendments and new proposals. 

The Nominations Committee created under the Agreement in Principle is now working on Candidate Selection Rules and you can expect more information on that process soon.

Survey 1: This survey allows members to comment on what they would like to see in the founding documents, using the framework documents as outlined above as a starting point. You will rate each proposal on a scale of 1 - 5 and provide comments.

You will need your UCP membership number to complete the surveys. If you do not know your membership number, please contact the UCP office at info@unitedconservative.ca or 888-465-2660 extension 5.

The deadline to complete the survey is 5 pm on January 31, 2018. 

Proposals receiving very favourable survey responses will progress to the next phase of the process. Proposals with poor survey responses will be revised in line with amendments and new submissions received from members or discarded.

Call for Submissions: Any group of 10 or more members or a Constituency Association may make submissions on either policy or governance items not in the survey, or make amendments to any item in the framework documents. Submissions may be made here:

The deadline to submit proposals is 5 pm on February 16, 2018

After the deadline has passed, submitters can expect to hear back from either the Policy or Governance Sub-Committees for follow up.

Phase 3 - Regional Conferences and 2nd Online Survey

Regional Conferences will be held in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Medicine Hat and Grande Prairie. At these conferences, all proposals and amendments submitted by members will be presented and voted on. 

A second online survey will also be available for those members unable to attend a regional conference. Members will only be able to participate in either a regional conference or the second survey to ensure integrity of the process.

Governance and policy proposals receiving overwhelming support in aggregate voting at all conferences and survey results will be heard together in a single proposal at the founding meeting. Where there is disagreement indicated by members in the second survey and regional conferences, proposals will be heard individually and debated at the founding meeting. 

This phase will take place between mid-February and mid-April. Regional conference dates and rules of order will be released in the coming weeks. 

Phase 4 - Founding General Meeting and Convention

The final phase of the process will be the debate, voting and ratification of policy and governance documents at the UCP's Founding General Meeting and Convention on May 4-6, 2018. You can register to attend now by clicking here

The process and rules of order for this General Meeting will be determined after the final regional conference and will depend on the number of proposals receiving a high level of agreement among members through the regional conferences and surveys. 

If you have questions or feedback regarding this process, feel free to reach out to us. We can be reached at policy@unitedconservative.ca


UCP Policy Committee

Jason Copping (Co-Chair)

Tim Dyck (Co-Chair)

Clyde Corser

Margitta Dziwenka

Peter McCaffrey

Steven McLeod

Bettina Pierre-Gilles

David Price

Trevor Shelley

Jason West