1.Who were your political role model(s) growing up?
George McLeod was my junior high vice-principal who when I was in Grade 8 was elected as my local member in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. Stockwell Day was the leader of the Canadian Alliance when I first got involved in federal politics and was instrumental in my decision to seek the CPC nomination in 2018. Brad Wall was the Premier of Saskatchewan for 10 years and led our province in a remarkable transformation of our politics.
2.When did you become active in Conservative politics and why?
I first became involved in federal politics in the runup to the 2000 federal election. I volunteered for a nomination contestant in my local riding. For many years after that I was actually much more involved in provincial politics in Saskatchewan. After the 2015 federal election I became very frustrated with the direction our country was taking under the Liberal government. In the fall of 2018 I felt compelled to seek the Conservative Party nomination in order to become part of the solution to many of the problems I observed. I determined that if I could play even a small part in improving the lives of the people of northern Saskatchewan, I needed to do that.
3.What is the most important/useful book(s) a young Conservative should read and why?
Prime Minister Harper’s Right Here Right Now.
4.What do you see as the most important current and future issues for young Canadians?
The Liberals like to use the term investing in Canadians to justify their huge deficits. I think young Canadians should be very concerned that this is nothing other than debt and today’s debt will fall on our children and grandchildren to repay. I think young Canadians should be worried about balanced budgets and reducing debt. We must ensure we operate in a competitive environment that attracts investment, creates good jobs, and creates prosperity so we can support good social programs for those who really need our help. I also believe restoring credibility and integrity to government in Ottawa is something we all should be very concerned about.
5.What is the best way for a young person to get involved in the Conservative Party?
I think the best way to get involved is to volunteer for your local Conservative MP or candidate. Last fall I had a number of young people who were key members of my campaign team and it was very enjoyable to see them become engaged and grow through the process.