It's been a few weeks since delegates from the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose Parties voted 95 per cent to merge and form the United Conservative Party of Alberta, and Battle River-Crowfoot MP is very much so enjoying the outcome.

"I'm pleased that the membership, first of all, had an opportunity to voice their support or lack of support for the exercise of bringing the Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrose together," stated MP Kevin Sorenson.

"Hopefully the two parties under the United Conservative banner will be able to build good strong policy that they can be elected on."

So, what do you think it will take for this party to get the respect of Albertans and to defeat the NDP government?

"I think it has to be able to be grassroots driven, the policy must come from the grassroots and work on up through the constituencies and onto the convention floor. I don't want it to be a backroom party and it won't be, both the commitments of Jason Kenney and Brian Jean are that the grassroots are going to have their say on what the nuts and bolts of the party will look like," explained Sorenson.

"I think the party has to be very similar to the Conservative Party of Canada; principled and understanding that in order to win an election you have to understand what tax payers believe, what businesses and employees believe and then you have to build a big enough party that different people's ideas can come together," he concluded.

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