He was one of the bright lights of the Wildrose Party when last December, MLA Bruce McAllister stunned Albertans by crossing the floor to join the PC Party along with eight of his colleagues.
Now McAllister is in a fight for his political life and is having to explain to constituents at the door why he did what he did.
So far, he says, residents in his riding are giving him thumbs up for performance, but will that be enough to overcome the criticism over his defection?
"There's a lot of rock throwing but there really isn't much so people seem to be pretting happy with me and the premier so I'm feeling really good," says McAllister.
It'll be tough enough to knock off the Wildrose candidate in his riding, but McAllister is also having to beat back a challenge from Jamie Lall who was disqualified for running for the PCs. Lall claims he was never told why he was disqualified.
His entry into the race may help the Wildrose opponent by splitting the vote but McAllister shrugs it off.
"I look at it like this, people vote for different reasons, they vote candidate, they vote party, it's a very personal choice. I have conversations with people at the doors and they say and far and away, they are encouraging of me and they're encouraging of the premier. I like what's happening in Chestermere-Rocky View, I've done a good job there, I believe, I've worked hard and I hope they have me back and they'll have their say on election day," says McAllister.
The question is, could the independant running in Chestermere-Rocky View take enough votes away from McAllister to derail PC hopes in the riding.
The answer will come election day, May 5th.
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