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Biography

Rick and his wife Dianne live in Altario, Alberta, and have two grown children. Rick has been a farmer and rancher for 35 years, is a long-time activist and staunch believer in property rights and limiting government interference in the lives of Alberta families. He is a past treasurer for the Western Barley Producers.

Rick is known for his honesty, integrity, and for standing his dedication to the policies and principles he ran for office under. He gained some notoriety nationally back in April of 1996 when he and some other Alberta Farmers each transported grain across the Alberta/Montana border in defiance of Draconian Canadian Wheat Board rules. This led to a six and a half year battle with the government involving both fines and/or jail time for many of the “Farmers for Justice”.

The “Farmers for Justice” movement achieved their goal on August 1st 2012 (Grain Freedom Marketing day), Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave Rick and the other 12 farmers that comprised the movement full and complete pardons in a ceremony held in Kindersley Saskatchewan.

Rick has served as the MLA for Drumheller Stettler since 2012. In his time in the Legislature he has held the government to account on several issues while acting as the critic for Agriculture, Service Alberta, Jobs, Skills Training and Labor, and Culture and Tourism.

Rick was re elected to the Legislative Assembly on May 5, 2015 and now serves as Shadow Minister for Agriculture in the Wildrose official Opposition.

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