Appears to be a number of leaks today of a merger within the WR Caucus.
The president of the Wildrose Party is standing firm against a push by members of the party caucus — including Leader Danielle Smith — to merge the party with the governing Progressive Conservatives, calling it a “capitulation.”
In an e-mail sent today to members of the executive committee obtained by the Herald, president David Yager slams what he calls a “backroom deal” made by some MLAs.
“This is not a merger in any way. It is capitulation. It is floor crossing. If (it) were a merger, or anything that resembles a merger, I in my capacity as president would have heard something from somebody in the PC party,” he wrote.
In his e-mail, Yager said he had “begged/pleaded/written/insulted” Smith not to move forward with the plan.
“While I understand how she could believe that the investment she has put into Wildrose versus what has been returned has been pretty lopsided, I have told her repeatedly that of all her career options, crossing the floor to join the PCs is the worst,” he wrote.
Smith has not returned multiple messages left by the Herald.
News emerged Monday night that some Wildrose MLAs have been pushing for the Opposition caucus to cross the floor en masse to the PC government, with moves toward an official party merger to follow.
Caucus members are expected to meet today to make a decision on the issue.
Wildrose vice-president of fundraising Jeff Callaway said Monday night that house leader Rob Anderson and whip Shayne Saskiw are leaders in the push to bring the parties together.