With the sudden resignation of Brian Storseth, MP for St. Paul- Westlock, the newly formed riding of Lakeland has been left empty for potential nominations.
Shannon Stubbs, the former chief of staff to Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith, has announced her intentions to seek the Conservative nomination in the riding of Lakeland.
In an interview with the Lloydminster Source, Stubbs said that her background and dedication to the party was sparked early on in her life working with some high-profile people in the Conservative Party.
“I have been a member of the federal Conservatives for a long long time now, dating back to the days when it was called the Reform Party,” she said. “I worked for Deborah Grey, the former MP, in her constituency office, and was lucky enough to work in the Ottawa office, while obtaining my degree, of former MP and leader of the official opposition Preston Manning.
“So I’ve been a member and a volunteer for a long time.”
When Storseth announced late last month that he wasn’t going to be seeking the nomination again for the new riding of Lakeland, Stubbs said that he asked her to consider the position.
“Having lived in the riding of Lakeland for most of my life, and the blend of my professional and political background will allow me to bring a lot to the table for the Conservative candidate in Lakeland,” she said.
When asked why she was putting her name forward as a potential candidate, her short answer was Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.
“I do think that Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party, are a clear and present danger to Alberta’s economy and its long-term prosperity,” she said.
“So that is where the fire in my belly is coming from really right now.”
Stubbs said that she believes that it’s time to have a strong representative in Ottawa, like the riding has had in the past.
“We need to have someone in Ottawa who can fight for our economic interest and someone who can fight for our energy interest. And I think that Justin Trudeau will implement a carbon tax and think he would hike red tape burdens on our key industries,” Stubbs said, adding that she believes that Trudeau has been unreliable on the issue of national pipelines.
“We need access to export markets and a heavy handed federal leader who understands the markets we need to open up,” she said.
Stubbs said that the market access is particularly key in the riding of Lakeland because of the heavy oil and the oilsands that are a major resource in the riding.
Stubbs said that she will assert and defend Alberta’s interest in Ottawa and across the global market, if she is given the chance to be the candidate in the next federal election that is slated for November 2015.
With only a week into her campaign for the nomination, Stubbs has raked in the endorsements of high profile people in and around the Lakeland Riding, including Lloydminster city Coun. Chris McQuid, who on Stubbs’ website said, “Her focus on ensuring a strong and stable economy for years to come, while also fighting for a smaller government, lower taxes and more personal freedoms are what make Shannon the best choice to be our next MP for Lakeland.”
Stubbs said that the endorsements that she has received so early on in the nomination race, has been overwhelming.
“It means a great deal to me, and it has been a bit surprising and a bit humbling and heartwarming of the outpouring of support that people have shown for my campaign,” she said.
With the endorsements, Stubbs isn’t taking any risks at running a low profile campaign though, stating that she will make sure that she works to earn the trust of all the people in the riding of Lakeland.
The next federal election is expected to be held in October 2015.