Rick Strankman

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Rick Strankman
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Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Drumheller-Stettler
Assumed office
April 23, 2012
Preceded by Jack Hayden
Personal details
Born (1953-06-20) June 20, 1953 (age 64)
Oyen, Alberta
Political party Wildrose Party
Spouse(s) Dianne Strankman
Residence Altario, Alberta
Website rickstrankman.ca

Richard Strankman (born June 20, 1953) is a Canadian politician who is an elected member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Drumheller-Stettler.[1]

In addition to serving on both the Standing Committee on Private Bills and the legislative policy committee on Alberta’s Economic Future, Strankman is the Tourism, Parks and Recreation critic for the Wildrose Party Official Opposition Caucus.[2]

Career[edit]

Strankman has owned and operated a farming business since 1973. From 1999 to 2011 he also volunteered as secretary/treasurer of the Western Barley Growers Association. Although initially interested in agriculture, Strankman became increasingly involved in politics and social activism in response to federal regulation of the agriculture industry, including legislation relating to the Canadian Wheat Board. His commitment to public service began early on and as a youth Strankman was honoured with the Queen’s scout award by Boy Scouts of Canada. Strankman also has a keen interest in aviation and has held a pilot’s licence and done aerial application since 1974.[2]

Strankman was jailed in 2002 after being charged under the Customs Act for taking 756 bushels of wheat across the U.S. border in protest of the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly. Strankman and other farmers arrested received a pardon from Prime Minister Stephen Harper on August 1, 2012, when the federal government's Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act came into effect,[3] which allowed producers to opt out of the Canadian Wheat Board and sell wheat on the open market.[4]

At a reunion with 12 of 13 farmers who had been jailed for taking wheat across the border, Strankman stood by his decision to participate in the act of civil disobedience. He served one week of a 180-day sentence.[5]

Electoral history[edit]

2012 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2012: Drumheller-Stettler
Party Candidate Votes %
Wildrose Rick Strankman 7,371 49.35
Progressive Conservative Jack Hayden 6,518 43.64
New Democratic Aditya "Adi" Rao 409 2.74
Liberal Cam Roset 360 2.41
Alberta Party Andrew Berdahl 279 1.87

2015 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes %
Wildrose Rick Strankman 7,563 47.6
Progressive Conservative Jack Hayden 5,399 34.0
New Democratic Emily Shannon 2,928 18.4

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