Leadership Contestants

Amendments to the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act (EFCDA) are in force effective March 31, 2022. Click here to view a summary document Elections Alberta has provided to registered parties and registered constituency associations regarding the changes affecting them as well as candidates, nomination contestants, and leadership contestants. Information on this website has been updated to reflect these changes.

A leadership contestant is a person seeking to be the leader of a registered party.  A leadership contest is the party’s process to select a new leader.

Leadership contestants must register with Elections Alberta, maintain up-to-date registration information, and submit a financial return to disclose their financial activities.  Parties must inform Elections Alberta before they hold a leadership contest and must report the results following the contest. For the complete guide on leadership contest fundraising, spending, and reporting rules click here.


Registered Leadership Contestants

The tables below list the leadership contestants that have registered with Elections Alberta. Upon acceptance of a party’s leadership contest statement, the contest details and the list of registered leadership contestants will be published here.

United Conservative Party of Alberta

Leadership Contestant Intention Announced Date Submission Date Acceptance Date Effective Date of Withdrawal Email Website
Aheer, Leela June 7, 2022 June 13, 2022 June 13, 2022 N/A voteleela.ca
Horsman, Jon June 28, 2022 June 29, 2022 June 29, 2022 July 28, 2022 info@jonhorsman.ca jonhorsman.ca
Jean, Brian May 19, 2022 May 31, 2022 May 31, 2022 brian@brianjean.ca brianjean.ca
Loewen, Todd May 31, 2022 May 31, 2022 June 1, 2022 N/A toddloewen.com
Rock, Bill June 2, 2022 June 2, 2022 June 2, 2022 July 29, 2022 bill@billrock.ca billrock.ca
Sawhney, Rajan June 13, 2022 June 16, 2022 June 16, 2022 info@rajansawhney.ca rajansawhney.ca
Schulz, Rebecca June 14, 2022 June 14, 2022 June 14, 2022 N/A N/A
Sherman, Raj June 24, 2022 June 24, 2022 June 24, 2022 July 31, 2022 info@electraj.ca electraj.ca
Smith, Danielle May 18, 2022 May 31, 2022 June 1, 2022 danielle@daniellesmith.ca daniellesmith.ca
Toews, Travis May 30, 2022 May 30, 2022 May 30, 2022 info@toewsforalberta.ca toewsforalberta.ca

Contributions

A registered leadership contestant can only accept contributions from persons ordinarily resident in Alberta and only during the leadership contestant’s campaign period. Contributions can be money or in-kind donations of goods or services.

The maximum a contestant can receive is $4,300 per person during the campaign period, less any contributions the contributor may make to registered parties, constituency associations, candidates, and other leadership contestants in the year. The rules also apply to leadership contestants who self-fund their campaigns.

The contestant’s chief financial officer is responsible for reporting contributions to Elections Alberta and issuing official contribution receipts to contributors. Receipts issued for contributions to leadership contestants can be claimed for income tax credits.

Click here for more information on contributions and tax receipts, including previous limits and rules.


Fundraising Events

A registered leadership contestant or any person acting on the contestant’s behalf can hold events and activities during the leadership contestant’s campaign period only, to raise funds for their campaign. Examples of fundraising events include a luncheon, meet & greet, rally, golf tournament, silent auction etc. Contribution rules limit who can pay to attend events or who can donate/bid at a silent auction. All fundraising revenues and expenses must be reported on the candidate’s campaign return.

Click here for more information on fundraising events.


Expense Limits

There is no limit on the amount a registered leadership contestant can spend on their campaign.

Click here for more information on expense limits.


Filing Deadlines

Leadership contestants must disclose their financial activities to Elections Alberta by filing a campaign period return within four months after the leadership vote. Audited financial statements are required if campaign expenses exceed $25,000. Automatic late filing fees apply for failure to file a report or return on time.

Click here for more information on filing deadlines.


Financial Reporting

View registration and financial information for leadership contestants and contests.

View Financial Reporting Website


Online Financial System (OFS)

Registered leadership contestants and their chief financial officers are granted access to Elections Alberta’s secure Online Financial System to report contributions, issue official contribution receipts to contributors, and submit financial returns.

Contact us for access and login queries.

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