The big nomination news this week is MLA Roger Reid‘s announcement that he has dropped out of the United Conservative Party nomination contest in Livingstone-Macleod.
Reid was first elected in 2019 and was undeterred from running for the nomination again even when it looked like he would face new party leader Danielle Smith in the contest. But then Reid suddenly dropped out on the morning after the October 31 candidate entry deadline.
Statement from our MLA Roger Reid:
November 1, 2022
After much personal wrestling and conversations with family and friends I have decided to withdraw my name from the United Conservative Party nomination for Livingstone Macleod. While I hoped to serve a second term, I no longer feel it is possible for me to do so.
It has been a tremendous honour to represent the people of this riding as the MLA. I have discovered many amazing places so close to home and it has been my privilege to meet with constituents from High River to the Crowsnest over the last 4 years. I will continue to be focused on the needs of Livingstone Macleod through the end of my term.
The last couple of years have been particularly challenging for our province. Neither I, nor our government have been perfect, but I believe the work we have done has put Alberta back on track. We are stronger and in a better position to weather the current storms than we were four years ago.
There is still work to do. To move forward we must be a united movement to ensure a strong conservative government continues to lead the province. It is essential for our true prosperity.
As I end my term, I will ensure that the concerns and the needs of Livingstone Macleod are kept in front of our Premier and her cabinet until the next election is called.
Thank you for allowing me privilege of representing you.
Roger W. Reid
MLA – Livingstone Macleod
Unless there is another surprise candidate in the race, it looks like Nadine Wellwood could be acclaimed as the UCP candidate in the rural southwest Alberta riding.
Wellwood was a candidate for the right-wing People’s Party of Canada in the 2019 and 2021 federal elections and the 2021 Senate nominee election. She is a prolific sharer of internet conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and globalist plots on her social media, and she also participated in the blockade at Coutts border crossing earlier this year.
The UCP has not announced if it has accepted Wellwood’s application to seek the UCP nomination in Livingstone-Macleod.
Well-known conservationist Kevin Van Tighem is expected to be chosen as the Alberta NDP candidate at a November 23 nomination meeting. Van Tighem is the former Superintendent of Banff National Park, author of Our Place: Changing the Nature of Alberta and Wild Roses Are Worth It: Reimagining the Alberta Advantage, and an outspoken opponent of open-pit coal mining on the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
NDP drop Calgary-Klein candidate
Marilyn North Peigan is no longer the NDP candidate in Calgary-Klein.
NDP provincial secretary Brandon Stevens issued a statement about her candidate status after North Peigan retweeted a video clip of City Councillor Dan McLean with an accompanying tweet alleging he was corrupt and that one of his family members was a corrupt board member for the Calgary Stampede.
Stevens also stated that while McLean’s actions in the original video circulating online are racist and unacceptable, the statements made by North Peigan towards his family and the Stampede are not appropriate and not reflective of the views of the Alberta NDP.
North Peigan defeated Heather Eddy and Mattie McMillan to win the NDP nomination in March 2022.
The Calgary-Klein riding is currently represented by UCP MLA Jeremy Nixon and is seen as a potential NDP pick up in the next election.
Other UCP nomination updates
- Past city council candidate Lana Palmer is seeking the UCP nomination Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview.
- Construction company owner Dave Guenter is running for UCP nomination in Calgary-Fish Creek. Incumbent UCP MLA Richard Gotfried is not running for re-election.
- Premier Smith says it’s up to Drew Barnes to decide whether he wants to rejoin the UCP Caucus and seek the party’s nomination to run for re-election. Barnes was first elected as MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat in 2012 and was one of four Wildrose MLAs not to cross the floor with Smith in 2014. He was kicked out of the UCP Caucus in 2021 after becoming one of former Premier Jason Kenney‘s biggest internal critics.
- Two-term MLA Ron Orr is not running for re-election and Jennifer Johnson and paramedic Dusty Myshrall have stepped forward to run for the UCP nomination in Lacombe-Ponoka. Johnson’s social media feed shows her recently attending events organized by the separatist Alberta Prosperity Project and COVID-19 skeptical Canadians For Truth group.
Brooks-Medicine Hat by-election
Advance voting in the Brooks-Medicine Hat by-election is open until Saturday, November 5. On Election Day, November 8, voting stations will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The five candidates contesting the by-election, UCP leader Danielle Smith, NDP leader Gwendoline Dirk, Alberta Party leader Barry Morishita, Wildrose Independence Party interim leader Jeevan Mangat, and Independence Party candidate Bob Blayone, participated in a forum organized by the Alberta Teachers’ Association Grasslands Local No. 34.
Total nominated candidates
The NDP have nominated candidates in 62 of Alberta’s 87 ridings. The UCP have candidates named in 36 ridings and the Green Party has 18 candidates. The Alberta Party has nominated 3 candidates.
Here are the scheduled upcoming nominations:
- November 8 – Calgary-Peigan NDP
- November 8 – Calgary-South East NDP
- November 16 – Calgary-West NDP
- November 20 – Airdrie-East NDP
- November 23 – Livingstone-Macleod NDP
I am maintaining a list of candidates running for party nominations, so if you are seeking a nomination and would like you name added to the list please let me know. Thanks!
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7 replies on “MLA Roger Reid drops out of Livingstone-Macleod UCP nomination race, Nadine Wellwood could be acclaimed as candidate”
What am I missing? Did he explain why he believes it is no longer possible for him to serve a second term?
I think it means he doesn’t believe he can win the nomination in Livingstone-Macleod.
[…] former People’s Party of Canada federal candidate, Coutts border blockade participant, and, as political blogger Dave Cournoyer explained yesterday, “prolific sharer of Internet conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and globalist […]
I’ve noticed a very consistent phenomenon where conservative politicians are concerned. Previous elected conservatives start to look better when compared to current ones–hence, Ontario’s Bill Davis compared to Doug Ford. This works in Alberta too. Peter Lougheed–enough said. The process seems to be speeding up. Jason Kenney already looks better compared to Danielle Smith and even though I’ve never heard of Roger Reid, I already prefer him to Nadine Wellwood. Where is this all headed?
Too true. Brian Mulroney has also been largely rehabilitated in the eyes of the general public as well as many politics watchers, even though he was so detested after his final years in government that his party disintegrated. Of course, he did do some positive things that no Conservative of today would countenance — fighting Margaret Thatcher on apartheid, the US-Canada acid rain treaty, and the global Montréal protocol on CFCs and the ozone layer, all come to mind.
Dave, when I look at your list of nominations completed or scheduled for the NDP, particularly in the northern ridings — meaning those north of the Edmonton doughnut — I see they have made great progress in getting credible candidates for many ridings. But the most glaring exception to this trend is in the two urban centres: Fort McMurray/Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, and the two Grande Praire seats. I can’t speak to Fort Mac, but my prediction for both Grande Prairie and Grande Praiei-Wapiti is that they will be the two very last seats in all of Alberta to get NDP candidates. The constituency associations here have been basically moribund ever since the 2019 redistribution, and the pandemic also torpedoed some attempts to get organizing meetings scheduled in early 2020.
It’s also dangerous to be openly a New Democrat up here. The hate for Rachel is palpable, as it is for both Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh. I’ve been a card-carrying “Dipper” forever, and was even a candidate back in 2004, but there’s no way I’d put an NDP lawn sign out now, and indeed we haven’t the past few elections — neither federal nor provincial. It’s just not worth the risk.
Lets see if I understand what has happened Livingstone-Macleod. Mr. Reid refused to step aside so Smith could run in a byelection, so now Ms. Smith has found another candidate there that better lines up with her wacky views. Is that a good summary?