Local MLA Rick Strankman has made a decision for the second time this year to represent his constituency to best of his abilities and without bias.

In January, Strankman announced he would be serving the rest of his term as MLA of the Drumheller-Stettler riding as an independent, and has decided to continue with the decision by running in the upcoming provincial election as an independent candidate.

"Its potentially a new paradigm shift in the Drumheller-Stettler riding because running as an independent is not necessarily popular," explained Strankman. "I was the instigator of an unpopular movement at the time challenging the federal legislation of the Canadian Wheat Board. It has taken some time to affect people's general knowledge and acceptance of that. I think it is doing to be a new paradigm to create a better direct representation."

Strankman is referring to when in 2012, he took bushels of wheat across the US border in protest of the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly. Strankman was later pardoned by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and refers to it as something he is proud of.

He plans on carrying on this attitude into his independent campaign by not being shackled to a party.

"I think it is important that we come forward of a new version of party politics. We are seeing the degradation of that federally. I think it that there needs to be an effective democratic representation and the ability to question without fear reprisal the government at hand," continued Strankman.

Strankman will be addressing new irrigation for the special areas, new infrastructure initiatives, and economic development as priorities in his campaign.

"My personal belief is the endowment of strong property right and economic development. And where I live in the constituency is sorely lacking. There is so much agricultural potential out there that we could achieve. It is staggering," concluded Strankman.

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