The United Conservative Party (UCP)
The United Conservative Party of Alberta (or UCP) is a socially and fiscally conservative party. The UCP are the result of a merger between the Wildrose Party and Progressive Conservative Party, and their history stretches back beyond the beginning of this province. The party we see today has two origin stories - on one side, the party was once known as simply the Alberta Conservatives, before switching their name to match their federal counterpart. On the other, the party began life as the Alberta Alliance around the turn of the century, the unofficial Alberta branch of the Canadian Alliance Party. They then merged with the Wildrose Party to create the Wildrose Alliance, later named the Wildrose Party.
The Tories spent the first several decades of Alberta's history struggling to gain seats, and after the Social Credit Party took over in 1935, the party faltered for a while. After a rebrand and some new leadership, the party took down the Socreds after thirty-six years in office, and began their own record-breaking forty-four year run. In their last few elections, they would face serious competition from the Wildrose Alliance Party, who nearly took government from them in 2012 and who won the official oppositions in 2012 and 2015. After the PCs lost in 2015, the two parties merged to form the official opposition with the United Conservative Party in the 29th Legislative Assembly of Alberta, and in 2019 the UCP won a majority government.
Jason Kenney is the first elected leader of the new United Conservative Party, and the last leader of the old Progressive Conservative Party. Before this, Kenney had a nineteen year-long career as a Calgary MP in the Reform Party of Canada, the Canadian Alliance Party, and then the Conservative Party of Canada. Kenney has served as the Minister of four separate ministries, as well. In the 2019 election, Kenney became Alberta's Premier.
Oct. 28, 2017
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A Brief UCP Party History
For a full history of the UCP in Alberta, click the "History" button below!
For a list of all UCP MLAs, please click the "MLAs" button below!
For information on the UCP's policies, click the "Policies" button below!
To see who's running for the UCP in 2019, click the "Election" button below!