Danielle Smith calls for unity of United Conservatives

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Danielle Smith wants her party to be united to hope to beat Rachel Notley's NDP in May 2023.

The United Conservative Party (UCP) leadership meeting ended on Sunday with a message of unity from party leader and Alberta Premier Danielle Smith .

The last PCU rally ahead of next year's provincial election took place from Friday to Sunday at the River Cree Hotel-Casino near ;Edmonton.

During her speech on Saturday, the leader of the PCU returned to several issues that she believes will be important in the May 2023 provincial elections. The health care system, inflation and the coming standoff with Ottawa over many many files were part of it.

The other crucial element of his speech, which was reiterated several times, was party unity.

“Our team is unified, our team is ready to…defeat the NDP in May 2023.”

— Danielle Smith, Premier of Alberta

After two years of a pandemic that divided the Conservative family under the reign of Jason Kenney, uniting all Tories to beat Rachel Notley's New Democrats seems to be the key to success not only for the Prime Minister but also for several party members.

Robert Duiker explains that Danielle Smith was not his first choice but that he accepted the results of the PCU leadership race. He says he is ready to follow the new leader.

He hopes, however, that she will listen to all voices within the party, even those questioning her proposed Alberta sovereignty bill, an issue that has polarized the party during the leadership race.


Robert Duiker of Rocky Mountain House was slow to accept Danielle Smith's victory in the PCU leadership race.

For his part, Jacques Beaudin thinks that the new Premier did a good job during this meeting to bring together all the Alberta Conservatives.

We must leave the past behind us, because we cannot change it, recalls the activist, who aspires to the unity of his political formation as the next elections approach.

Vince Byfield, on the other hand, is aware of the divisions within the PCU between those who want freedom and those who want to be thought of.

I believe that& #x27;as curators, we have more in common than differences, he says.

“If we can end [these divisions] by the election, we will form the government. If we can't, then we won't train it.

— PCU member Vince Byfield

Danielle Smith has also promised to introduce limited changes to Alberta's Human Rights Act this fall. no one to, she says, prohibit discrimination based on COVID-19 vaccination status.

She clarified that this change will not affect all vaccines but only those against COVID-19, because this is more a political issue than a medical one, according to her.

For her part, Nancy Boyko previously voted for the NDP and was not an activist, but she joined the ranks of the United Conservatives during the period of Jason Kenney's vote of confidence.

< p class="e-p">She does not want to see health restrictions imposed. The new activist was seduced by the speech conveyed by Danielle Smith and has a lot of respect for her ideas.

Whatever the next crisis […], the government must be confident that people will make the best decisions based on their own situation and what their families need, she argued.

With information from 'Audrey Neveu, Janet French, Michelle Bellefontaine and La Presse canadienne

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