07/21/2015 10:35 EDT | Updated 07/22/2016 05:59 EDT

Kerry Towle, Former MLA, Says It's Time For A New Political Party In Alberta

Alberta Legislature
EDMONTON - A former member of the Alberta legislature who lost her riding in the May election says a new political party is needed in the province.

Kerry Towle, who represented Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, crossed the floor from the Wildrose to the Conservatives six months before the election.

She tells radio station CHED she doesn't regret that move, but agrees both she and the Tories deserved to lose.

She says she still believes the Wildrose has some great policies but adds there are "some issues with their social progressiveness."

She says she'd like to see a new party form that addresses grassroots interests.

She says it shouldn't be a merger of the current right-leaning parties, but something fresh.

“You’ve got to go back to the days of (former premier Peter) Lougheed with coffee parties," Towle says. "And real conversation. Without the anger, without the hate of ‘the PCs said this’ or ‘the Wildrose said that.” You need to remove the labels.”

She says she would be happy to be a conduit for the idea, and says even if people are angry at her, she would be happy if her idea starts a conversation.


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