Alberta Party leadership election, 2018

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Alberta Party leadership election, 2018

February 27, 2018
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Candidate Stephen Mandel Kara Levis Rick Fraser
Votes 3,046 838 729
Percentage 66.0% 18.2% 15.8%

Leader before election

Greg Clark

Elected Leader

Stephen Mandel

Alberta Party leadership election, 2018
DateFebruary 27, 2018
ConventionOasis Centre, Edmonton
Resigning leaderGreg Clark
Won byStephen Mandel
Entrance Fee$10,000[1]

The 2018 Alberta Party leadership election occurred on February 27, 2018. It was triggered when outgoing Alberta Party leader Greg Clark announced on November 18, 2017, that he will be resigning as soon as his successor is chosen. According to published reports, Clark was pushed out by the party's board of directors as a result of a surge of former Progressive Conservatives joining the party following the PC party's merger into the United Conservative Party.[2] While Clark initially stated that he was considering standing again for the leadership, he announced on December 14, 2017 that he will not be a candidate.[3][4] The election is set to be held on February 27, 2018 after originally being scheduled to be on February 7.[5]

There was a $10,000 entry fee, $5,000 of which was a refundable performance bond.[6]

The election was conducted using a one member one vote preferential ballot.[7][8]


  • November 18, 2017: Greg Clark announced his resignation so that there can be a leadership election.
  • December 14, 2017: Clark announces he will not be a candidate.[4]
  • December 18, 2017: Kara Levis announces her candidacy.[9]
  • December 30, 2017: Rick Fraser registers his candidacy.[10]
  • January 10, 2018: Stephen Mandel announces his candidacy.[11]
  • January 15, 2018, 5 pm: Candidate nomination deadline.[6]
  • January 24, 2018: Leadership debate held in Edmonton.[7]
  • February 8, 2018: Leadership debate held in Calgary.[7]
  • February 12, 2018, noon: Membership deadline.[7]
  • February 25, 2018, noon: Voting period begins.[7][8]
  • February 27, 2018:
    • noon - Voting period ends.
    • 5 pm - Results announced at the Oasis Centre in Edmonton.[12][7][8]




Candidate Votes Percentage
Stephen Mandel 3,046 66.03%
Kara Levis 838 18.17%
Rick Fraser 729 15.80%
Total 4,613 100%


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  3. ^ "Alberta Party MLA Greg Clark will not seek party leadership". CBC News. 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  4. ^ a b c Tait, Carrie (November 10, 2017). "Alberta Party leader Greg Clark to step down, opening door for leadership campaign". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  5. ^ "Alberta Party releases rules for leadership race, extends contest date".
  6. ^ a b "With no candidates declared, Alberta Party moves back leadership vote".
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  8. ^ a b c "2018 Leadership Election Rules".
  9. ^ a b "Calgary energy lawyer first candidate for Alberta Party leadership".
  10. ^ a b c "Calgary MLA Rick Fraser registers as Alberta Party leadership candidate".
  11. ^ a b "Former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel to run for Alberta Party leadership".
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-02-09. Retrieved 2018-02-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Former Alberta Party leader Greg Clark not running for leadership".
  14. ^ "It's hard to imagine the Alberta Liberal Party surviving the existential crisis of its past few days".
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