January 16, 2019

Why Alberta MLA Rick Strankman left the UCP

Keean BexteRebel Contributor

Rick Strankman, an Alberta political folk hero has called it quits with the United Conservative Party of Alberta (UCP). Early Tuesday he announced he would begin sitting as an independent MLA effective immediately.

Rick is known in conservative circles as well as in his constituency as a die-hard activist.  for those of you who don't know Rick Strankman was thrown in jail by the Chrétien Liberals for simply protesting the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly. That's right - this MLA has been to prison and back simply for fighting for Western Canadian grain farmers right to sell their grain to whomever they please.

Rick has been seen as a steady hand for conservative parties in Alberta. Rick had the courage and moral fortitude to not cross the floor with the Danielle Smith Progressive Conservatives, even when that was the easy thing to do. Instead Rick sat almost alone in the Wildrose benches representing the party that his constituents elected. Conservatives know that Rick always does what's right, which is what has made Tuesday's announcement so surprising too many.

I had the opportunity to interview Rick over the phone, I asked him about conservative unity in the province, I wanted the inside scoop of what was going on in the UCP backroom.

UCP nomination contests have been one of the troubles ridden series of primaries Albertans have seen in a long while. Doesn’t it seem odd that women made up 28% of the candidate roster, yet had a 51% chance of winning their nomination? Maybe you could write that off as UCP members just wanting more women involved in politics? Well, I would buy that if not for the fact that every single one of the candidates that were disqualified by the party brass were men.

In the meantime, Rick Strankman confirmed he would stay on as an MLA, doing his best to represent the grassroots of his constituency as an Independent.

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commented 2019-01-17 00:45:39 -0500
Good reporting by Bexte but he didn’t get to the bottom of why Strankman left.
There have been a half-dozen scandals, even mass resignations in the UCP, in the last few weeks.
Once UCPers get a sense Kenney isn’t going to win a majority they will flee in droves.
Kenney’s the kind of guy who can give an lengthy speech about his deep commitment to grassroots democracy in front of an audience of people that he is actively plotting to marginalise in every upcoming constituency association race. Kenney views Albertan voters they way a con man views a mark. He has zero conscience about lying.
That’s how you roll when your a closet queer in a socially conservative party.
commented 2019-01-16 23:45:12 -0500
Ron Voss’s comments will be instructive, I’m sure.
commented 2019-01-16 23:44:17 -0500
Once again a Unite the Right movement has been infiltrated by leftists. Why do Cons have such a hard time discerning a lefty? Unite the Right usually means water down the Right. Like Granny Clampett said, “Too bad our blood has been thinned, cooled off and watered down by the NDP.”

Start at 5:00 mark:
commented 2019-01-16 22:22:17 -0500
commented 2019-01-16 21:15:18 -0500
You’re doing excellent investigative reporting, Keean. Please PLEASE keep it up. We get so little of that these days. And as for the UPC, what a huge mistake it was for Wildrose to join the party of privilege and insularity. When Jason Kenny removed the Grass Roots Guarantee and decided for the party on the GSA issue, I knew that “old boys” politics had returned to the Legislature.