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Mr. Rick Strankman – MLA for Drumheller-Stettler

Dear Father in heaven, thank You for the work MLA
Strankman has done in the region of Drumheller – Stettler and his faithful
service in our legislature.  It is our
prayer that he will have Your wisdom in each and every decision he makes and
that he will feel at peace with them. 
Give him courage and strength and may he and his colleagues always be
guided to find the truth in every situation. 
Bless him and his family. 
Amen.   (Grade 6 student)

Rick Strankman was elected to his second term as a Member of the
Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Drumheller-Stettler on
May 5, 2015.

He currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee on
Private Bills.

Mr. 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, Mr. 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.

Mr. 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. He and the other farmers that were
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, which allowed producers to opt out of the Canadian Wheat
Board and sell wheat on the open market. He served one week of a 180 day
sentence.

His commitment to public service began early on and as a youth
Mr. Strankman was honored with the Queen’s scout award by Boy Scouts of Canada.

Mr. Strankman also has a keen interest in aviation and has held
a pilot’s license and done aerial application since 1974. He and his wife
Dianne live in Altario and have two grown children.