Patrick Brown’s campaign manager joins Michelle Rempel Garner in a possible UCP leadership bid.

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OTTAWA. Patrick Brown’s campaign manager left to help Michelle Rempel Garner with her eventual bid to lead the United Conservative Party in Alberta.

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Brown’s conservative leadership campaign says Sean Schnell left to follow Rempel Garner, who announced last week she was stepping down from her role as Brown’s national co-chair.

Rempel Garner is considering running for Alberta Premier Jason Kenney as his provincial party leader after his decision to step down after barely surviving a leadership scrutiny last month.

Schnell worked in Rempel Garner’s office before any of the leadership races began.

Chisholm Pottier, Brown’s spokesman, said Schnell was a few days late after deciding to go with Rempel Garner so he could help the team with the transition.

Pottier says Fred Delory, who was the federal party’s national campaign manager for the 2021 federal election, remains on the team as executive chairman.

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Rempel Garner has yet to announce if she intends to run, but she was recently granted an opt-out because UCP rules require candidates to be party members for at least six months.

Over the past month, Brown has lost the support of two Conservative MPs — Kyle Seabuck of Ontario and Dan Muys — to his arch-leadership rival, Ottawa MP Pierre Poilivere.

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Brown’s campaign brushed off their decisions, saying they counted for just two votes out of over 150,000 new members he is said to have registered.

Poilivre said he sold almost 312,000 membership dues – a record number – and asked the party to confirm those numbers, but they refused to do so.

As the party expects to have a voting base of more than 600,000 members, it is working to provide a national list of their names for campaigning no later than July 4.

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But at least one campaign is demanding that the voter list be made public in the meantime.

Mike Coates, Jean Charest’s campaign chairman, wrote earlier this week to the head of the organizing committee for the party’s leadership election, asking him to release the list of members he has today.

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“We know that due to significant processing delays at headquarters, many people have purchased dual membership because they have not received confirmation that they are members and are eligible to vote in the leadership race,” Coates wrote in letter published by Charest. on Twitter on Wednesday.

Later in the letter, Coates cites “disturbing” reports that membership sales are inflated.

“We trust the ability of the party headquarters to weed out duplicates and inappropriate members, but we also believe that campaigns need transparency about the origin of these duplicates.”

The winner of the conservative leadership race is due to be announced in Ottawa on September 10th.

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