It may not be the pivotal issue in the Alberta election campaign, but last December's defection of nine Wildrose MLAs to the PCs is serving as a rallying cry for some voters.
Some Albertans say the initial outrage over the decision by nine opposition MLAs to join the governing PCs under Jim Prentice has energized the Wildrose during this campaign.
Party backer Derek From says, far from being demoralized by what happened, his party is as determined as ever to turf Prentice and the PCs:
"It's reinvigorated the party and as a result its still a big deal but for completely different reasons. I think there's more energy. I think the WR party, the supporters of it have become more entrenched in their views and realizing that the government we have been fighting against all these years has once again does something to us and something to democracy in this province that we're quite upset about and so it was a blow to the party initially and now it's become a rallying point for us."
From is a resident of Chestermere Rocky-View, where ex-Wildroser Bruce McAllister is now running as the PC candidate in a hard fought battle east of Calgary.
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