Shannon Stubbs, Conservative candidate for the riding of Lakeland, believes it’s crucial that the constituency has a Conservative Member of Parliament in Ottawa to represent the interests of the area.
Having been a resident of Lakeland most of her life, she says she understands both the opportunities and challenges of the communities in the riding.
“It’s not politicians or civil servants in Ottawa that know what is needed in Lakeland. It’s the people that are actually here and the federal Conservative government takes that approach, you can see that through the record tax relief that they’ve implemented for families and individuals, seniors and small businesses,” she said.
Stubbs has been campaigning since her nomination to be the federal Conservative candidate last December and plans to continue doing so right up until the October federal election. She says she’s been knocking on doors and attending community events and is now starting to put volunteers in place and structuring her campaign team. Her board has 30 volunteers from “all walks of life” and she’ll be increasing the amount of door knocking and the amount of events they’ll be attending over the next couple of months.
She is currently focused on visiting as many communities in the riding as she can to gain the trust and confidence of Lakeland residents.
“I believe with every fibre of my being that Lakeland is one of the most important constituencies in the entire country because of the contributions that we make both to Alberta and Canada as a whole through our economic activity, our energy and our agriculture sector,” said Stubbs. “So the highest priority for me will be to assert the contributions that Lakeland makes to Canada and the importance of Alberta overall within Canada.”
If elected, she says she will also look at the issues that go hand-in-hand with the industries specific to the constituency, like access to export markets for agriculture and energy and championing pipelines. Other areas she believes are important are low taxes, focus on jobs and the economy and national values like security.
Stubbs also brings a good deal of experience to the table having been active in politics since she was a teenager. She also worked for former Reform Party MP Debra Grey for a number of years in her constituency office and worked in the Alberta Department of Energy and Economic Development.
“It’s a combination of both political and government experience and I think the positions meet well to be a strong advocate as a Member of Parliament.”