Yesterday, May 18, Wildrose and PC leaders signed a agreement in principle (AIP) that merges the unification of both parties in to the United Conservative Party.

"I think it's timely so that Albertans' get a chance to make a decision on whether this unified model can be built to offset the policies and everything that's coming forward with our present government," stated Drumheller-Stettler MLA, Rick Strankman.

Strankman expressed that he personally would like to see a greater vision for the province and if not all of Canada, to a greater conservative model.

"I'm hoping that it will create a more conservative, better place for Albertans. Something going back to what I grew up through called the Alberta Advantage era and it should hopefully be a brighter fiscal environment," he added.

So, could this be the defeat of the NDP government for Alberta?

"Not just the focus of eliminating the NDP government , but to rebuild potentially the Alberta Advantage and opportunities we have in this province to create positive, safe, healthy and happy lifestyles for Albertans," Strankman explained.

Before this unification of both parties is fully finalized, ratification votes will be determined within each party in the next few weeks. If both parties ratify the agreement, the new merged party will immediately set out to elect a new leader.

"Ultimately the sense I'm getting from the people I've talked to in the constituency is that they want this unification done and they want to move on to create the restoration of the Alberta Advantage and the Alberta that a lot of people knew," outlined Strankman.

"Even though there may be misinterpretations and misconceptions of the presentations of this working agreement in principle, ultimately it's my understanding that all this is to be fully ratified by the members on both sides. There should be full democratic opportunity for Albertans' to decide how they want to go forward," concluded Strankman.

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