On October 2nd, all the Board members of the People's Party of Alberta (PPA) chose to resign to fully support the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta (WIPA). Although the PPA did not officially register with Elections Alberta, they were previously gathering signatures. The decision to dissolve all PPA Board members and join the WIPA is another step towards consolidating grassroots efforts pushing for Alberta Independence.
In a press release by the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta (WIPA), the move "[presents] a unified front and concentrate attention and resources on the goals of generating greater independence, grassroots representation and demanding a fair deal for Alberta." Both WIPA and the PPA agreed that it is in the best interest of both parties to work cooperatively.
"The two parties are philosophically very well aligned, and moving forward together will ultimately be the best option for Alberta."
Federal People's Party of Canada (PPC) candidates Kelly Lorencz, Paul Mitchell and Nadine Wellwood, who were all board members of the PPA, are encouraging PPA members Albertans who supported the PPC Federally to consider WIPA strongly provincially. They stated their support for WIPA is "the best option for the values and principles of individual freedom, personal responsibility, fairness and respect, as well as to stand up and fight without compromise for the interests of Albertans."
The former President of the PPA, Norm Thiesen, commented on the situation, arguing that "It is an exciting time in the history of Alberta, and there's no doubt that Albertans need to stand united and fight for the values that are most important to them." Thiesen concluded by saying "We believe by combining our efforts to create a stronger and freer Alberta proves to the public that this is not about the typical politics of egos and posturing, but is a sincere gesture to do what is right for Alberta."
Interim leader Paul Hinman and WIPA President Rick Northy said they are excited to welcome Kelly, Paul and Nadine to the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta board.