Grande Prairie-Mackenzie residents will decide on their new representative in Ottawa on Monday.
Liberal Party of Canada - Dan Campbell
Dan Campbell is a project manager in Edmonton, but due to family ties in the Grande Prairie region, he is putting his name in the running for the Liberal party.
“I have a lot of deep roots in Grande Prairie. I have family up there, and I'm in Grande Prairie it seems like every weekend,” said Campbell.
“My history and politics are really quite brief, nothing substantial,” he told the News.
“They (Liberals) didn't have a candidate in Grande Prairie, and I thought you know what I've been here, I've worked here, I've done everything there, and I would like to see Grande Prairie have some representation in Ottawa.”
Campbell said Grande Prairie-Mackenzie was an interesting riding for a Liberal candidate where the riding has historically been prominently Conservative.
“I see the possibility for change in the future,” he said.
Campbell hopes to give a voice to those in the riding that may not feel represented.
“I think that there's a lot of diverse populations within that riding, and it doesn't currently have a voice.”
When asked how he believes his party's platform would benefit the South Peace, he told the News he would have consultations with constituents to see how they want to see the region in five and 20 years.
Campbell acknowledged that much of the industry in the area is oil and gas along with agriculture, but he wants to see some change to create opportunities for the residents.
“I think that there's an opportunity for something a little bit different (as) I see Grande Prairie’s population changing.
“The best thing that we can do for the riding is bring about some great change,” he said.
Campbell never expanded on what change would look like.
Over the course of the last few issues, Town & Country News asked each Grande Prairie-Mackenzie candidate the same set of questions.
Other candidates include incumbent Chris Warkentin for the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC), Shawn McLean for People’s Party of Canada (PPC), Ambrose Ralph for the Maverick party, Jennifer Villebrun for the New Democratic Party (NDP) and Donovan Eckstrom for the Parti Rhinocéros Party.
Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News