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Edmonton MP Brent Rathgeber to run as independent

Member of Parliament, Brent Rathgeber, who left the Conservative caucus earlier this year, will run as an independent in the 2015 election.

Rathgeber left the Conservatives over a private member’s bill he was sponsoring over salary disclosure, when he said the prime minister’s office attempted to water it down.

He said when he announced he was leaving that constituents were on his side.

“I got over 5,000 emails and faxes, most of them from the constituency, not all, and well over 95 per cent of them were overwhelmingly positive,” he said.

He said he recognizes that he'll have an uphill battle, but he believes constituents will support him.

“St. Albert - Edmonton will be better represented by a principled conservative as opposed to a blind party loyalist,” he said.

Michael Cooper, so far the only contender to announce a bid for the Conservative nomination in the riding, said he believes voters will stand behind the record of the Harper government and vote to continue that momentum.

“I think at the end of the day the people of St. Albert - Edmonton support the approach of the Conservative government,” he said.

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