Another conservative party waiting on verification
A new Alberta conservative party wants to give sheriffs the same powers as police.
The Alberta Advantage Party submitted its signatures to Elections Alberta this week and is gradually rolling out its platform as it awaits its verification for official party status.
“We want to elevate our sheriffs to be trained with the Edmonton and Calgary police service,” said Edmontonbased party leader Marilyn Burns, citing the fentanyl crisis and an “epidemic” of rural crime as the reasons sheriffs need more power.
“We want them to have arrest power, to be able to arrest these drug dealers and other serious criminals, not just give out traffic tickets.”
The party submitted its 8,600 signatures just weeks after MLA Derek Fildebrandt launched the Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta, which Fildebrandt branded as a party of “conservatives, libertarians and Alberta patriots.”
Burns, who is a lawyer, was a founding member of the defunct Wildrose party that Fildebrandt was also a member of. Read the complete story at thestar.com/edmonton
Alberta Advantage Party Leader Marilyn Burns is advocating for sheriffs to have the same powers as police.