- Why did you decide to run for the Conservative nomination in your riding? For
over thirty years I have been an entrepreneur in Edmonton and have been
actively volunteering on a variety of not for profit and community
organizations. I, like many other people in our community, have expressed my
dissatisfaction with many policies that have been instituted by government at
all levels. It became clear to me that if you want to be part of the solution you
should step up and run for office. I was approached by Laurie Hawn, the
former MP for Edmonton Centre, and after discussion with my family I decided
the time was right for me to do my part. Edmonton Centre was the natural fit
as I have lived in the riding all my life.
2)Who are your role models both political and outside of politics that inspired
you to run for office?
Growing up in our home, Sunday dinners included robust
political and philosophical discussions. My father instilled in me the
importance of service to your community and country and demonstrated it
with his actions. He without question had an enormous influence on my
business life and desire to run. I am also Inspired by several political leaders
who were great statesman and provided incredible leadership during periods
of change. Internationally Churchill, Thatcher, Reagan all come to mind. From
a Canadian perspective Brian Mulroney, Stephen Harper, Peter Lougheed and
more recently Brad Wall have all demonstrated how strong pragmatic
leadership can accomplish great results.
3)What do you feel is the most important issue in the upcoming election?
Without question it has to be the economy. Large deficits, lack of market access for
products, excessive regulation and added taxation have all impacted business
growth and the ability for people to get ahead. I have heard this time over
time on the thousands of doors I have knocked on.
4)What is the best way for a person to get involved in your campaign?
Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will absolutely find a role for you.
We expect a tough campaign and the more folks that get involved the better
likelihood we will succeed.
5)What book would you recommend to young Conservatives getting started in
campaigns and politics?
I have always been a believer in applied learning so I
would recommend biographies of individuals who have demonstrated successes
and failures during their careers. For me, reading and learning about how
someone had accomplished their goals and have made a difference will serve
you well in any campaign or political environment.