“I am disappointed that a special meeting of the PC Party’s Board has been called to consider a motion to disqualify me as a candidate, just days after a similar effort was rejected unanimously by the Leadership Election Committee.
It is ironic that this meeting is being called in the last week of delegate selection meetings for the March 18th PC Leadership Convention. In considering this motion, the PC Board will be considering whether or not to throw out the votes of the thousands of grassroots members and the 1300 delegates who have been elected across the province, the vast majority of whom have pledged to support our unity campaign.
I do not expect all PC members to agree with our effort to re-unite Alberta conservatives, and put the grassroots in charge with a referendum on the party’s future. But I do expect all members to respect the basic principle of democracy: that the voters get to decide. Disqualifying my candidacy would violate this principle by disenfranchising the thousands of PC members who have voted to support our campaign.
I am confident that the hard-working volunteers on the PC Board understand this, and will demonstrate their respect for democracy by dismissing this last-ditch effort to quash the leadership election.”