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Mr. Rick Strankman – MLA for Drumheller-Stettler

Dear
God, We pray for MLA Rick Strankman as he is making decisions for our province.
Give him rest at times when he could be really stressed. Lord, may he have time
for quality relationships with his grown children and we ask you to bless his
wife and family. We also pray that you will give him strength and good health
as he works to accomplish his many tasks. Amen (Prayer from a Gr. 6 Student)

Rick Strankman was elected to the Legislative Assembly of
Alberta for the constituency of Drumheller-Stettler on April 23, 2012.

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.