Nate Horner, vic­to­ri­ous on elec­tion night

The Drumheller Mail - - News - Patrick Ko­lafa

The prov­ince has gone back to blue as the United Con­ser­va­tive Party (UCP) will form the next provin­cial govern­ment in Al­berta.

There were few sur­prises in this year’s provin­cial elec­tion as polling showed the Ja­son Ken­ney-led UCP lead­ing the race. It ap­pears the UCP will pick up 63 of 87 seats in the Leg­is­la­ture to form a ma­jor­ity govern­ment. The NDP will form the of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion with 24 seats pro­jected. Re­sults are not of­fi­cial.

“To­day Al­ber­tans have cho­sen hope over fear, and unity over di­vi­sion, they have cho­sen free en­ter­prise val­ues over the pol­i­tics of re­sent­ment,” said Ken­ney in his acceptance speech.

In Drumheller-Stet­tler new­comer Nate Horner of the UCP won the seat with more than three-quar­ters of the vote.

“Start­ing right back from our nom­i­na­tions, I tried to ap­proach it from the per­spec­tive of each area and ask what their is­sues were first and build that re­la­tion­ship, and have some un­der­stand­ing of what was work­ing and what wasn’t,” he said.

“We are the only team with a plat­form and it is a great one for ru­ral small town Al­berta, the econ­omy and a lot of the things that are ail­ing us.”

In­cum­bent Rick Strankman who ran as an in­de­pen­dent came in a dis­tant sec­ond place with ap­prox­i­mately 8.5 per cent of the vote.

“I ex­pected that to some ex­tent, I would like to see it closer. A lot of peo­ple didn’t un­der­stand my po­si­tion,” he said. “I have been viewed as heretic try­ing to af­fect new views and direc­tions… it’s an up­hill bat­tle.”

“I am pleased the Ken­ney team has achieved govern­ment sta­tus but I am also sus­pi­cious of the level of ac­count­abil­ity.”

“The Not­ley govern­ment caused some deep-rooted fear and peo­ple just didn’t want to take a chance. You only have one chance to make a mark in that re­gard.”

Mark Nikota of the Al­berta Party was able to pick up about 6.5 per cent of the vote.

“I con­grat­u­late Nate and his team, they did a re­ally good job and got their mes­sage out. Big thanks to my team, we are a small group but very com­mit­ted and they worked very hard,” said Nikota.

“I think we got our mes­sage out. I think it shows in the provin­cial re­sults how po­lar­ized ev­ery­thing is right now with no one get­ting a seat be­sides the UCP and the NDP. It was ob­vi­ously go­ing to be tough for any­one to break through, It is one or the other it seems right now,” said Nikota.

Nate Horner… Elected in Drumheller -Stet­tler

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