Devon-Drayton MLA Mark Smith at a land rights meeting in February. Wildrose and PC party members will vote on “Unite the Right” July 22 in Red Deer. Photo by Stu Salkeld

‘Unite the Right’ movement meetings for Drayton-Devon constituency voters

Closest meeting for Wetaskiwin county voters is Devon Legion Hall June 22

Members of the Wildrose or PC parties, or people interested in becoming members, should mark down two dates as the “Unite the Right” movement comes to this area.

The local Wildrose association provided information on when the “Unite the Right” town hall meetings will be held here. The closest one will be in Devon on June 22, in the Royal Canadian Legion Hall beginning at 7 p.m.

Another will be held two days later in Drayton Valley June 24. The Drayton meeting will start at 1 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall.

“Unite the Right” is a proposed merger between the opposition Wildrose and PC parties, with the stated goal of defeating the NDP in the next provincial election. The situation so far is that certain principles have been agreed to, but members of the party have the choice to approve or defeat the idea.

Town hall meetings like the one in Devon will be a chance for Wildrose and PC members to learn about the proposed merger. After town halls are held across the province, both parties will hold member votes to see if the merger moves ahead.

The local Wildrose constituency also provided some information about the vote. It will be held July 22 at the Red Deer Radisson Hotel (6500 67 Street) beginning at 8 a.m. The Wildrose party said it’s also in the process of developing an online system for those who can’t be in Red Deer on July 22.

The party noted, “In order to have the right to attend the (vote) and to vote on the Special Resolutions on Unity, a member must have a valid Wildrose membership, be a member in good standing as of 11:59 p.m. on July 8, 2017 and have registered for the SGM.

“Registration is required for all eligible members who wish to vote on this important decision, whether they intend to be present at the SGM Location or participate through telephone and/or online technology.”

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