Wayne Drysdale is preparing for a life outside of the Alberta Legislature. With the most recent assembly session wrapped up and an election in the spring, the Grande Prairie- Wapiti MLA says he doesn’t know if he’ll ever return.
“It was a little strange at the end in the Legislature cause we’re not sure if we’ll actually be back to another session. That may have been my last time sitting in the Alberta Legislature and everybody realizes that but that’s not for sure either.”
An exact date for the provincial election has not been set yet but could happen anytime between March and May. Depending on timing, another sitting may not happen until after the election, making this past one Drysdale’s last.
In April, Drysdale announced he would not be running for re-election after serving as MLA for 10 years. Before that he was a councillor for the MD of Greenview for 15 years. He is also the longest serving member of the United Conservative Party caucus.
While he is still MLA, he says he will continue to do what he was elected to do.
“I still have the job of representing the people of Grande Prairie- Wapiti. I listen to everybody, try to be involved and talk to lots of people and listen to them and take that forward to the Legislature.”
Even though he may be stepping away from provincial politics he says he would still like to see a few projects get taken care of including the new Berverlodge hospital. He hopes it’s still in the cards even if it may only be a campaign promise.