EDMONTON - The Wildrose Alliance has announced the arrival of a new member - Guy Boutilier.

 

The
addition of the member of the legislature for Fort McMurray-Wood
Buffalo was expected to be announced Friday during the party's annual
general meeting in Red Deer.

 

But late Thursday night, the party jumped its own gun and posted the news that it had gotten its Guy on its website.

 

Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith says she welcomes the former Conservative cabinet minister.


Boutilier
was ousted from the Tory caucus by Premier Ed Stelmach last summer
after he criticized a decision to delay a new long-term care facility
in his riding.


He has been sitting as an Independent.


“After much deliberation and thoughtful discussions, I am extremely pleased to welcome Guy Boutilier,” said Smith.


“Guy
has an extremely strong connection with the people he represents and I
am delighted he has decided to listen to their encouragement and join
us.”


“I want to thank Danielle Smith for her patience and
graciousness as I consulted with my family, friends and constituents,”
said Boutilier in the news release.


“I am excited to be a member of the Wildrose
Alliance Party, and I am even more excited about officially joining its
elected caucus when the legislature resumes for the upcoming fall
sitting.”


Boutilier said he was impressed with Smith's ability
to listen and connect with people and her belief in allowing
politicians to represent the people they serve first.


“I believe
that Danielle is a once-in-a-generation leader and I look forward to
doing everything I can to help her build the party and to see her
become the next premier of Alberta,” he said.