Liberal candidate for Battlefords-Lloydminster, Larry Ingram, has a strong desire to engage young voters. He says the previous Conservative government has put the country in serious debt and it’s going to be the younger population that will have to pick up the tab for the majority of it.
To the best of Ingram’s understanding the debt is somewhere around the $600 billion mark. And if younger people are going to have to pay for it through their taxes over the years, he thinks they should inform themselves and take an interest in the politics that impact their finances.
“Talking to the people that are in that age group and saying this is what’s happening, this is a debt that’s been developed and you are going to have to pay it. So (they) should start getting involved, that’s what we need to be pushing for,” Ingram said. “To get the people, not my age and not the seniors that are older than me to keep on running the show, but we need to get some people that are younger.”
Which brings Ingram to the point that younger people should not only be inspired to vote but also enter politics and help shape the future of their country. Many ads from the Conservative Party have criticized Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s age, implying that he is too young to lead, but Ingram disagrees with this accusation wholeheartedly.
“When they say that Trudeau is not old enough, well he’s in his mid-40s,” he said. “When you look around the office and on job sites, well that’s the foreman’s age. The general foreman ... they’re running the show. So I just don’t think for a second that that’s got any validity to it at all, that he’s too young. I think he’s the right age to be a prime minister.”
Ingram chose the Liberal party because he considers himself a “middle of the road kind of guy” and supports their policies to strengthen the economy and give more help to the middle class. He says he decided to run because he feels he has a commitment to his country and this his way of trying to fulfill that commitment.
As for what makes him a good candidate for the constituents of Battlefords-Lloydminster, Ingram says he gets things done and has good intuition on how to get them done properly. As an example of this he points to his work as the rural representative and vice-chair of the North Central Transportation Planning Committee.
While working in this capacity he helped create a transportation plan for the northern part of the province by bringing together elected representatives and leaders and he also had a big hand in having Highway 3 rebuilt from Glaslyn to Turtleford.
“It’s that kind of common sense that I have that makes me feel I’m someone that can help direct where the country is going,” he said. “I hope that people look at my track record and figure that I would be a good candidate to represent them here in the Battlefords-Lloydminster constituency.”
Ingram’s background includes a stint as a municipal councillor for the RM of Mervin from 1998 to 2004. He has also been an executive board member for the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association Local 8 for the last nine years and for the last three years he has also been the recording secretary for that group.