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Alberta conservative leadership candidates must pay $75K

Candidates in Alberta's conservative leadership race are being told they must pony up $75,000 to run. That's the price set by the new United Conservative party ahead of the Oct. 28 leadership vote.

The UCP formed last month after merger was approved

Former federal Conservative MP Jason Kenney and former Wildrose leader Brian Jean are among four candidates campaigning for leadership of the UCP. (Terry Reith/CBC)

Candidates in Alberta's conservative leadership race are being told they must pony up $75,000 to run.

That's the price set by the new United Conservative Party ahead of the Oct. 28 leadership vote.

Organizers for candidate Brian Jean have confirmed the number and say $25,000 is refundable as long as the entrant does not engage in conduct deemed detrimental to the party.

The money is to be paid in two instalments.

The UCP was formed last month after the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties agreed to merge.

Jean is former leader of the Wildrose.

Other entrants are former PC leader Jason Kenney, former Wildrose president Jeff Callaway and longtime conservative strategist Doug Schweitzer.

Schweitzer and Jean have paid a non-refundable $10,000 deposit to get access to the United Conservative Party's 87,000 members.

Janice Harrington, the party's interim executive director, says the money will be put toward the candidates' entry fees.

A new leader is to be picked Oct. 28, and Harrington says a committee is finalizing details and timelines.

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