The Drumheller-Stettler Wildrose Constituency Association got together for their Annual General Meeting on the weekend.
About three dozen people gathered downstairs at the Drumheller Legion hall on Saturday, April 22 to listen to guest speakers Prasad Panda, the MLA for Calgary Foothills, and Drumheller-Stettler's Rick Strankman talk about the party and where it's headed, particulary high level talks to unite Wildrose with the Alberta Progressive Conservatives.
"Brian (Jean) has appointed five guts from Wildrose and there's five more from Jason Kenney (PC) on the other side: they're off in a corner somehwere coming up with some proposals to which we aren't privy yet, so we can't make any comment on that," stated Constituency Association President Pat Rutledge.
Also speaking to the Wildrose AGM was Arthur Hamilton, a constitutional lawyer from Toronto hired by the party to represent the members when it comes to uniting the right.
"Some people had concerns that he was coming from Ontario," admitted Rutledge. "Gord Eilliot, who was chairing, said if you're an Oilers fan do you think they shouldn't have signed Connor McDavid because he comes from another province? This guy's the Connor McDavid of constitutional lawyers."
Some constituency members sat down with Hamilton and Rutledge said he appeared to sympathise with their views.
"Hopefully this group of ten is going to have some recommendations or tell us what they agree on and what they disagree on shortly," he added. "It was supposed to be a four to six week process, so they'll get back to the membership with what they've come up with and we'll say yes or no."
A statement from the Wild Rose party last Friday, April 21 said discussions so far have been very productive, but there is still much to discuss.
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