Drumheller-Stettler MLA Rick Strankman paid the Drumheller Valley a visit  January 23 to hear local views on uniting the political right in Alberta.
 
"I just came from a group of people in Stettler where we had an open house there and 90 per cent of those who attended, and there was no differentiation between Wildrose and PC, but 90 per cent of the people there voted for a unification model," Strankman explained. 
 
"I'm trying to get a barometric reading into what the people are saying in Drumheller, but that seems to be the general synopsis of Albertans that my cohorts have talked to."
 
Strankman added he's absolutely concerned, as are most Albertans, with the odds of the NDP getting back in thanks to vote splitting between the PC's and Wildrose. 
 
"Having said that, the recent polling that I've seen shows the NDP at a record low level of support as a result of the infliction of the carbon tax. We will learn more about that and Albertans' opinion as we go forward."
 
Speaking of the NDP, could we expect to see a visit from Premier Rachel Notley anytime soon?
 
"Well I've challenged Premier Notley to come out and meet the people face to face in Hanna, in regards to the shut down of the coal plants. I'm also looking forward to possibly meeting newly minted Municipal Affairs Minister Shaye Anderson, he sits right beside me in the chamber. We've had our differences, respectfully, but I think I can work with those people in a respectufl manner even though we disagree on policy," outlined Strankman.
 
 
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