There's a new political option for Drumheller area residents voting in the next provincial election.
The Alberta Party held its first annual general meeting Wednesday evening at the Cretaceous Conference Centre beside the Canalta Jurassic Hotel.
"Most Albertans want good fiscal discipline, but they also care very much about their neighbour, believe in efficient and effective government services, but want to make sure that the money that's going to the provincial government is spent well," touted guest speaker and party leader, Greg Clark. "I don't see that from either one of the two right wing or left wing parties."
The MLA for Calgary Elbow knows his party is currently a distant third in most voter's minds, but he believes that will change before we go back to the polls in 2019.
"I think we're going to have a lot to say about the outcome of that next election," he stated. "Our goal is to be viable to win the next election: maybe a minority government is a possibility. A lot of people I talk with don't feel like they have a political home: that's why I think you see some interest here in Drumheller-Stettler."
The Alberta Party is seen as a centrist party by most political observers. Clark thinks they could also be called the common sense party.
"Energy and environment are not an either-or conversation," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "We need to look at environmental action as business opportunity. I look at the challenges of climate change and the desire of the world to be more sustainable as the single biggest business opportunity of our lifetimes, if we choose to take it."
Mark Nikota was elected president of the Alberta Party's constituency association for Drumheller-Stettler. He'll be assisted by vice-president James Nibourg, CFO and Secretary Dan Moe and directors Jim Ramsbottom and Barry Hoover. They're still looking for more directors, including women and youth.