Strankman opens door to pos­si­ble third term

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MLA for Drumheller-Stet­tler Rick Strankman, says it is up to his con­stituents as to whether he will run again for elec­tion.

Strankman, who is in his se­cond term as MLA for the area, said when run­ning, that he was an al­ter­na­tive to ca­reer politi­cians and is on record say­ing he only planned to serve for two terms. He has opened the win­dow a bit to the pos­si­bil­ity of run­ning again.

“I stand by that (two terms), but given pres­sure from the con­stituents and pos­si­bly the in­vig­o­ra­tion of a solid con­ser­va­tive front… I’ll leave it up to the con­stituents,” he said. “My goal was one term in op­po­si­tion and one term un­der Danielle Smith. I felt that was a fair goal at the time, but now pos­si­bly one term un­der a uni­fied Al­berta party in gov­er­nance might be ex­cit­ing, if the peo­ple feel I am fit for that.”

He said last week he joined Wil­drose leader Brian Jean for a meet and Greet in Hanna, and says it was pro­duc­tive.

“I think a lot of peo­ple are want­ing to learn about pol­i­tics and pol­icy. They un­der­stand we are in dif­fi­cult eco­nomic times, if not dire, and they want to come and learn,” he said.

He said the sub­ject of a uni­fied right in Al­berta came up.

“As you know, the con­ser­va­tive par­ties are in the fore­front of those pol­icy ac­tive peo­ple’s minds,” he said.

He ac­knowl­edges a re­cent poll by Leth­bridge Col­lege put the Al­berta Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Party in the lead, and for­mer MP Ja­son Ken­ney is out pac­ing all the par­ties in fundrais­ing.

“That is an in­ter­est­ing and pos­i­tive turn of events. I would be­lieve that Mr. Ken­ney’s prin­ci­ples and val­ues that he brings for­ward in a con­serva- tive vein are more at­tuned to the Wil­drose Party than they are to Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive po­lices,” he said.

Whether Ken­ney be­comes leader of the PC Party re­mains to be seen.

“I don’t have an opin­ion on that, I think it is up to the elec­torate. The fundrais­ing that he has feeds into his pop­u­lar­ity, but what the in­ter­nal work­ings the con­ser­va­tive party will end up with, I hes­i­tate to give an opin­ion on that,” he said.

Whether Strankman de­cides to run or not, he has a vi­sion for the prov­ince.

“I still be­lieve in a pos­i­tive con­ser­va­tive at­mos­phere for the prov­ince. That was my goal right from the be­gin­ning,” he said. “I’ve al­ways said I was never look­ing for a job but was there to sim­ply edge out those who were there for ca­reer rea­sons, and we saw what hap­pened to those who were there for ca­reer rea­sons with the floor cross­ing, and Al­ber­tans said ‘ no thank you.’"

“I have come to learn that my role is not nec­es­sar­ily a lead­er­ship role, but a rep­re­sen­ta­tive role. In many sit­u­a­tions, we can take a lead­er­ship role, but we have to be cog­nizant that it is only the be­hest of the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the peo­ple,” he said.

Rick Strankman MLA For Drumheller-Stet­tler

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