Gordon Francey is running as an independent candidate in the Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre constituency.
Francey is affiliated with the Alberta Freedom Alliance, which is a “grassroots group advocating for Alberta independence.”
He says rebuilding the economy and putting people back to work, fixing education and doing what his constituents want him to do are the biggest factors of his campaign.
“We need to ensure that our children and grandchildren have a viable future and that will include education, opportunity and everything else for future growth,” added Francey.
He also said new energy projects need to be looked at as wind power and solar are “not that viable anymore.”
“If we do separate as independents there will be a lot of money staying in Alberta that normally goes east,” Francey said. “It’ll get people more money of which to invest in their own future’s as well.”
Additionally, Francey wants to set up a webpage where constituents can go to see the current bills going through the Legislature and then tell Francey how to vote.
“My opinion doesn’t really matter, it’s the opinion of the constituency that matters,” continued Francey. “I would go with the majority, what they tell me to vote, that’s how I’m going to vote.”
Francey says he wants what the constituents want and wants to move towards a direct democracy where the people make the decisions and he is “just a mouthpiece.”
“I’m not a career politician, if I do one term and I can make an improvement that’s good for me,” Francey said.
Francey gained exposure through his father, who used to write speeches for the Western Separatist group.
He says when the current provincial government came into power he started getting concerned about the future of Alberta, and then alongside an “anti-Alberta” Ottawa he felt someone needed to stand up for the province.
He is running as an Independent with a group of other candidates who have the same ideas in the hopes of being able to create a party if enough of them are elected.
“I want to give rights back to the rural communities that have been taken away from them,” said Francey.
He added integrity and his word are very important to him.
“That’s the way I was raised, that’s the way I’ve raised my kids,” Francey said. “I’m accountable for my own actions and I will bear responsibility for them as well.”