POLITICS

Candidate in Alberta election loses Tory nomination, switches to Wildrose

04/10/2015 10:55 EDT | Updated 06/12/2015 03:59 EDT
RED DEER, Alta. - If you don't succeed with one political party, try, try again.

That's what a city councillor in Red Deer, Alta., has done in his bid to become a member of the Alberta legislature.

Buck Buchanan originally set out to seek the Conservative nomination in Red Deer North but lost to Christine Moore.

So Buchanan has instead decided to run for the Wildrose in the same riding.

Buchanan says he has long been a conservative and agrees with many of the policies the Wildrose have in place.

He says the recent change in leadership from Danielle Smith to Brian Jean made joining the party a suitable option.

“I wasn’t too happy with the leadership that they had,” Buchanan says. “With the leadership they have in place now, I feel they are heading in the right direction.”

Buchanan says he’s not worried about the perception some may have in seeing him as just another floor crosser.

“I like the direction that it’s (Wildrose) going and believe in the policies and if people suggest that it’s a floor crossing, they are entitled to their opinion, even if it may be wrong.”

Wildrose Leader Brian Jean has said each Wildrose candidate will be required to sign a contract to prevent a repeat of the mass defection last December where Smith and eight other members crossed the floor to join the government.

Jeans says breaking the contract would cost a floor-crosser a $100,000 fine.

Buchanan has taken leave from his position on Red Deer city council to run in the provincial election.

Norman Wiebe had previously been tapped to run for the Wildrose in Red Deer-North but will now move over to represent the party in Red Deer-South.

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