The political scene in Alberta just got a little more complicated this month when Strathmore-Brooks MLA Derek Fildebrandt announced his own political party, the Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta. However, the MLA for Drumheller-Stettler isn't impressed.
Rick Strankman doesn't feel Albertans are ready for another centre-right party.
"I don't think so. Albertans are focussed now on the potential for a Jason Kenney led government and I think that's where the political 'herd' is going," he told Drum FM.
"A good friend of mine who was involved in the Reform, the United Alternative and the Alliance, who has been through all those processes and watched the egos and personalities and developments take place, he said there's going to be some people on either end whose personalities drive them to go forward, but he said the majority of the people will simply vote with who they believe to be the most strategic one to hold the power."
Fildebrandt was once thought to be a rising star in the United Conservative caucus and perhaps even a future leader, but he was dropped from the caucus after a series of embarassments that included questionable expense claims and a couple of brushes with the law.
"He had so much potential, in my humble opinion, to advance, (but) it seems like there's a cerain amount of political tone deafness, I would call it," Strankman lamented. "I really am sorry for the young guy because he had so much potential there and just wouldn't listen."
Albertans are scheduled to go to the polls again by the end of May, 2019 and Strankman remains convinced they will choose a United Conservative government.