Former CPC exec who left after Scheer tuition controversy hired by Alberta’s UCP

A former executive director of the Conservative Party of Canada has been hired to serve in the same capacity for the United Conservative Party in Alberta, the party announced on social media Friday.

In a Twitter post, the UCP said Dustin van Vugt had been hired as its new executive director following a “competitive process.”

The party said van Vugt comes with strong experience gained during his time with the CPC and noted he got his first political job by working for an MLA in Ralph Klein’s Progressive Conservative government in Alberta.

“He has a strong vision for the future of our party as we build towards the next election,” UCP president Ryan Becker said. “His experience and leadership are strong assets and we can’t wait to see him get started in his new role when he begins in June.”

Bratt noted van Vugt is not the first ex-CPC staffer to join the UCP.

“It shows the deep connection between the federal CPC and provincial UCP,” he said. “Especially for (Premier Jason) Kenney who, of course, has deep roots in the federal party.”

van Vugt, whom the UCP said was born and raised in Calgary, takes over for Brad Tennant, whom the UCP thanked for the time he spent as the party’s executive director.

–With files from Global News’ Mercedes Stephenson and Amanda Connolly

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