Rempel Garner may need waiver from party rules to seek Alberta UCP leadership

A potential bid for the leadership of Alberta’s governing United Conservative Party by MP Michelle Rempel Garner may hinge on whether she can get a waiver from party rules, the Star has learned.

Multiple sources tell the Star the UCP’s caucus meets later Monday to debate whether the fact Rempel Garner hasn’t been a member of the party for the six months required should disqualify her from running.

Rempel Garner publicly declared last week that she is considering a run for the UCP job, which current leader and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced last month he would vacate. He made the decision after only narrowing surviving a party leadership review. He is to step down as soon as a new leader is chosen.

The ultimate arbiter of whether Rempel Garner will be granted a waiver is the party’s leadership election committee, which is scheduled to discuss the issue Monday evening following the caucus debate.

The leadership race is already a crowded field of current UCP legislators, including several cabinet ministers who’ve stepped back from those jobs to enter the contest.

Should Rempel Garner be granted the waiver, it’s not a given that she will run.

She did not immediately return a call from the Star seeking comment.

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