The next session of the Alberta Legislature is going to be special for Rick Strankman.
 

The Drumheller-Stettler MLA will not represent the United Conservative Party in the next Alberta Election after losing the riding nomination on the weekend to Pollockville farmer Nathan Horner.

"Mr. Horner is the UCP representative going forward (but) I'm still the MLA, so it's a bit of an anomaly," he explained. "But I have a role to fill, I have a responsibility to the constituents and I want to effect that until the end of my term."

The leadership vote capped a race that saw candidate Todd Pawsey disqualified at the eleventh hour, but Strankman feels the party can heal.

"There's been some unsettling news from across the province from other candidate positions, and the economy still hasn't improved, so I'm looking forward to a revitalized Conservative movement," he told Drum FM.

Strankman was first elected to the legislature in 2012 as a Wild Rose Party member and he still farms near Altario on the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary.

"This is going to give me lots of freedom that I didn't have before," he added. "I was hoping for a responsibility, possibly, in a Kenney led goverment, but it's not to be so, how do they say that in sailing? You need to readjust the jib and see where the wind is coming from."

A date has not been set for the next provincial election, but by law, it must happen by the end of May, 2019.

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