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The new leader of the Alberta NDP will be elected on June 22

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The provincial council of the Alberta New Democratic Party met in Red Deer on January 27 to clarify the rules and schedule for the leadership race which will begin in the spring.

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The provincial council of the New Democratic Party of Alberta decided on Saturday, in Red Deer, regulations surrounding the race to succeed Rachel Notley.

The Alberta NDP leadership race will officially begin on February 5 and conclude at noon on June 22, 2024 with the unveiling of the new leader later that day.< /p>

Potential candidates will need to submit their candidacy between January 29 and March 15 in order to be eligible for the leadership race. They must also have been an NDP member in good standing for at least six months to be eligible. This is a measure to avoid external candidates who are not affiliated with the NDP.

We are very excited to have the opportunity to form a government in 2027 and I believe Albertans will support our new leader, says Amanda Freistadt, returning officer for the NDP leadership race.

The deadline to purchase a membership card to participate in the vote will be April 22, 2024. Members will have the opportunity to vote for the new Alberta NDP leader online, by mail or by telephone.

Several deputies will be candidates in the race. Former Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman is one of them, but also the MP for Edmonton Centre, David Shepherd, as well as lawyer Rakhi Pancholi, who represents the citizens of Edmonton-Whitemud. On the Calgary side, former Minister of Justice Kathleen Ganley is also preparing to enter the race.

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Candidates will be required to pay $60,000, an amount payable in installments over the course of the race. The spending limit for each candidate is set at $500,000.

The NDP is the official opposition in Alberta with 38 MPs sitting in the Legislative Assembly.

With information from Jean-Emmanuel Fortier and Emmanuel Prince-Thauvette

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