Alberta's right-centre party leaders meet today following weekend PC convention
Newly-elected leader of the Alberta PC party Jason Kenney answers questions at a news conference in a Calgary hotel, Sunday, March 19, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, March 20, 2017 5:16AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, March 20, 2017 5:24AM EDT
CALGARY - The new leader of Alberta's Progressive Conservative party wants to begin negotiations as soon as possible with the opposition Wildrose with a goal of merging the two parties before the next provincial election.
Former federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney will meet with Wildrose leader Brian Jean today in Edmonton.
Kenney says there is a lot of work ahead but if all goes well he would like a new party ready to go within a year.
He says he had a positive first meeting with the PC executive on Sunday morning.
Kenney remains optimistic that any Progressive Conservatives opposed to a merger will change their minds once they see what the new political entity looks like.
He says he has no intention of moving the PC's any further to the right and wants the new party to be open to people of all political stripes.