Liberal Leader Kevin Taft loses legacy bid to have rodeo declared Albertas official sport

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It appears Kevin Taft will be riding off into the sunset after four years as Albertas Liberal Opposition Leader without the legacy of having rodeo declared the provinces official sport.

Taft got majority support Monday in the assembly for a non-binding motion to have rodeo given official sport status.

But Culture Minister Lindsay Blackett has thrown a rope around the idea, arguing that other sports are just as deserving, so rodeo shouldnt be given special status.

Moments earlier, Taft -- a city slicker -- conceded this was likely his last shot at such a legacy, pointing out this was important to residents of rural Alberta.

However, Blackett says he cant concern himself with helping build a legacy for Taft, whose Liberals lost virtually half their seats in the March election prompting Tafts departure next month.

Taft, known as an academic, raised a few eyebrows during the Canadian Finals Rodeo this month when he donned a cowboy hat and bolo tie to promote rodeo as a sport.



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