in ,

UCP leadership candidate sold party memberships at Trudeau event

UCP leadership candidate sold party memberships at Trudeau event

By Rachel Emmanuel

United Conservative Party (UCP) leadership candidate Leela Aheer revealed she sold 25 party memberships at a Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Earlier this month, Aheer refused to answer True North’s questions about whether she attended the event to campaign for the Alberta premiership and UCP leadership. 

In a media scrum following the first official UCP leadership debate on Wednesday night, Aheer was asked about attending the breakfast. 

There are many Albertans who vote for the federal Liberals, but for the Conservatives provincially, she said.

“I was so privileged to be invited. Doesn’t matter to me what party you’re part of, but I have sold 25 memberships that day,” Aheer said. “So it was fantastic.”

There are two Liberal MPs in Alberta. There were zero before the 2021 federal election.

The Calgary Stampede event was hosted by Liberal MP George Chahal on July 10. True North previously reported that Aheer was invited to the event by Chahal, one of her childhood friends.

Aheer is considered the most progressive of the UCP leadership candidates. She called the overturning of Roe v Wade “devastating” and has defended Covid restrictions. She also told the Calgary Herald that moderate Conservatives must purchase UCP memberships or the race may already be over, with the victory going to libertarian Danielle Smith. 

On Wednesday, Aheer told reporters she’s the “average conservative” because she’s fiscally responsible and socially liberal. 

“That’s exactly where 90% of the small ‘c’ Conservatives sit,” she said. 

The leadership candidate also said she’s sold just over 3,000 memberships in total, but said it’s hard to tell because “we’re working in a lot of different organizations.” All candidates have a portal that can track every membership sale from their campaign. 

Aheer is also quick to compliment her opponents and show a collaborative spirit, which she said is part of her plan to bring together good ideas and create a strong team.

Her efforts could benefit her on election day. The victor will be chosen by ranked ballot, meaning members could place her higher on their ballot because she’s shown a willingness to work with their first-choice candidate. 

Despite not registering any support in a recent Leger poll, Aheer said she believes she has a shot at winning. 

“It’s preferred ballot,” she said. “So anything is possible at this point in time.”

c2eff8c596636d275bc5bf302fa361ab?s=150&d=mp&r=g | UCP leadership candidate sold party memberships at Trudeau event | The Paradise News

Rachel is a seasoned political reporter who’s covered government institutions from a variety of levels. A Carleton University journalism graduate, she was a multimedia reporter for three local Niagara newspapers. Her work has been published in the Toronto Star. Rachel was the inaugural recipient of the Political Matters internship, placing her at The Globe and Mail’s parliamentary bureau. She spent three years covering the federal government for iPolitics. Rachel is the Alberta correspondent for True North based in Edmonton.

| UCP leadership candidate sold party memberships at Trudeau event | The Paradise News

We’re asking readers, like you, to make a contribution in support of True North’s fact-based, independent journalism.

Unlike the mainstream media, True North isn’t getting a government bailout. Instead, we depend on the generosity of Canadians like you.

How can a media outlet be trusted to remain neutral and fair if they’re beneficiaries of a government handout? We don’t think they can.

This is why independent media in Canada is more important than ever. If you’re able, please make a tax-deductible donation to True North today. Thank you so much.

donate | UCP leadership candidate sold party memberships at Trudeau event | The Paradise News

Source: TNC.

Taiwan fires warning shots at suspected Chinese drone: Report

Taiwan fires warning shots at suspected Chinese drone: Report

Pensioner among those arrested following street brawl in West Bromwich

Pensioner among those arrested following street brawl in West Bromwich