Last PC MLA calling it quits in 2019, has strong words for Alberta politics
During a farewell in the media room of the Alberta Legislature, the last Progressive Conservative MLA, Richard Starke, announced he wouldn’t run again and had some choice words for Alberta politicians.
On Wednesday, the MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster thanked his family and constituents for their support. However, he took a few shots at the United Conservatives on his way out.
“Absolutely zero regrets,” Starke said of his decision not to join the United Conservative Party after the Wildrose and Progressive Conservatives merged in 2017.
Starke said he wasn’t welcome either way, but if he had joined he would be “very, very uncomfortable with a lot of what they are pursuing.” He said one of the reasons he didn’t like the UCP was the way the party dealt with LGBTQ issues.
But Starke didn’t stop at the UCP. He said Albertans would be “dismayed if they knew just, in some ways, how dysfunctional this place is.” He said parties wanting to win the next election “supersedes the need to provide good governance.”
Starke served his first term as an MLA in 2012 with the Progressive Conservatives. In 2015, he managed to keep his seat despite the New Democrat wave that swept Alberta, toppling the PC dynasty which had ruled the province for 44 years. Richard Starke announced Wednesday he would not be running in the 2019 election.