The president of the newly formed Wildrose Alliance Party has resigned, citing problems with the Jan. 19 merger between the Wildrose Party of Alberta and the Alberta Alliance.
In a written statement Friday, Rob James said he quit because the two parties are having difficulties putting the two entities together.
James had been the president of the Wildrose Party of Alberta, formed in June 2007, before the merger.
But Alliance Leader Paul Hinman, who is also the party's only elected MLA, dismissed problems with the merger, saying it is a done deal.
The new party will be ready to fight an election, despite the sudden resignation of James, he told CBC News.
"Rob's done a great job in helping us get the two parties together," Hinman said.
"We're going into campaign mode now and I think we'll do well. We've got a lot of new faces and names that have come together that's given us hybrid vigour."
Although he said the party is signing up candidates daily, he refused to release a list of their names until a writ has been dropped.