The field for the new candidacy for the Conservative Party of Canada in the riding of Lakeland has grown by a familiar face in conservative circles.
Terry James has announced that he will be seeking the candidacy for the riding when the nomination convention is held at the end of the year.
James, who is a farmer by trade, said in a sit-down interview with the Lloydminster Source that putting his name forward was not an easy decision.
“It’s not an easy decision for a guy like myself to make. I have always been proud to be Canadian and have always been proud to wear a Canadian flag when traveling,” he said.
He went on to say that he would like his grandchildren to have the same opportunities that his grandparents, who came to Canada from the United Kingdom, did.
“I want to give the same opportunity to my grandchildren that my grandparents had. I want them to make Canada their home.”
James said that the best way to make that happen is by putting his name forward for the candidacy of the Conservative Party.
“I believe that (Prime Minister) Stephen Harper has the right leadership team and I believe that the Conservatives have the best qualities to do that. And I guess the other thing is, I’ve always been an armchair politician. I write letters to newspapers, government officials and elected officials and I gradually over time got more and more involved,” he said.
“This is the next step, in being able to go and participate in the decision making process and being able to work behind the scenes and in more depth, to influence decisions that will impact my country in the future.”
As to what he would champion for the people of Lakeland, James said that top issue that he wants to work for if elected is economic prosperity.
“I think that unless you have a strong economy, you don’t have the ability to do everything else that you want to do,” he said.
“For me, it’s about sustaining that economic growth, so that we can maintain the job creation and help in any way so we can attract entrepreneurship and help business flourish in Canada.”
How would James put that forward, “I think by low taxes, low debt and not spending a lot on interest payments, those are things that favour a strong economy.”
As to why he is the best person to champion that, James said he and his fellow candidates for the nomination all bring different backgrounds, which would benefit the people of Lakeland.
“I do have a background in business and worked for 20 years at an international company. We had to take products to the agricultural community, so part of our jobs was to take a product from a lab and find out where it would best fit and how it would best suit our needs in Western Canada.”
He said that his strong business background makes him the best candidate for the nomination.
The nomination period officially kicked off last week and candidates have until Nov. 21 to sell memberships for the nomination meeting that has not been set yet by the Conservative Party.