An­other con­ser­va­tive party wait­ing on ver­i­fi­ca­tion

StarMetro Edmonton - - SPORTS - KEVIN MAIMANN

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

STARMETRO FILE

Al­berta Ad­van­tage Party Leader Marilyn Burns is ad­vo­cat­ing for sher­iffs to have the same pow­ers as po­lice.

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