Changes for our local MLA are on the horizon. Effective immediately, MLA for Drumheller Stettler, Rick Strankman, will sit in the legislature as an independent. Strankman notified the Speaker of the Assembly this morning.
Strankman does not agree with the current direction of his current party since the amalgamation of the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties and it was not a decision that he came to lightly.
DrumFM asked how he came to this decision?
"I'd like to believe under deep principle. I have concern that the UCP (United Conservative Party) is not following grass-roots principles going forward and with my position in the constituency, I thought I could best serve the people outside of that realm."
Strankman also comments that "I still have a deep-felt, heart-felt principle that those everyday Albertans need to be directly represented."
In regards to the operations of the constituency, nothing changes. "Everything happens, everything continues in the constituency as per normal. I want to be more direct as their representative with less of a partisan flair to what's going forward here," explains Strankman.
Strankman will continue to focus on agriculture and development within the constituency with irrigation development and focus on how to grow the number of people in the rural areas of East Central Alberta.
Strankman intends on concentrating on economic development as well as property rights entrenchment within the Drumheller Stettler constituency and the province of Alberta.