To be elected as a Member of Parliament, first I must win nomination as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the new federal riding of Edmonton-Griesbach. That means convincing enough people to buy memberships and come out to vote for me on nomination day. The date for nomination election could be set by the Edmonton-Griesbach Electoral District Association as soon as a few weeks from now.
To vote on nomination day, you must be a party member for at least 21 days prior to that date. It’s very important for folks to join the Conservative Party of Canada so they are eligible to vote in the nomination election. To vote for me, you must live within the boundaries of the Edmonton-Griesbach riding, hold Canadian citizenship and be a member of the Conservative Party of Canada. The cost of a new membership is only $15.
I need people to buy memberships, come out and vote, as well as help me door-knock, distribute literature, make phone calls, and raise a few dollars for the cause. I would love to have your support. You can also sign up for my newsletter to receive updates via e-mail about the campaign.
I’m seeking the nomination as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the new federal riding of Edmonton-Griesbach, one of six new seats in Alberta. As a long-time journalist and Edmonton City Councillor, I found public service incredibly rewarding and would love the opportunity to continue. Whether it was writing a column about an Edmontonian seeking an affordable apartment or helping a Ward 11 constituent with a tax appeal, I relished helping people and making a difference by solving their problems. I’ll be equally dedicated and tenacious as the Conservative nominee for Edmonton-Griesbach. My team and I will work hard to win the nomination, and will work even harder to win the election in 2015.
Edmontonians have long known I believe strongly in effective, responsible government that serves the people. The federal Conservatives led Canada out of a worldwide recession, equipped with the strongest economy in the G7. They’ve created millions of jobs, cut taxes for Canadian families, reduced the GST, and are poised for a balanced budget in 2015. They kept their promise to scrap the ineffective and costly long-gun registry. At the same time, they introduced measures that will reduce crime through tougher sentences for violent offenders and ensure that the rights of victims take precedence over the rights of criminals. They stood up for consumers by cracking down on wireless companies that were gouging Canadians.
All of these are measurable successes. For the first time in Canadian history, Alberta has clout on the national stage long dominated by Ontario and Quebec. There are several dozen Conservative MPs elected in Alberta ridings, including cabinet ministers and our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. I want to see Alberta’s influence grow even further by helping the party win a second majority government in 2015 and giving the citizens of Edmonton-Griesbach a strong voice in Ottawa as their Member of Parliament.
The first step toward that goal is to win the Conservative nomination. It will take a lot of hard work, but with your help we can do it.
For Kerry Diotte, it’s all about helping and empowering people.
This philosophy drove him to enter journalism after leaving Sault Ste. Marie, the Northern Ontario town where he grew up, and graduating from Carleton University in Ottawa. Kerry chose Edmonton as his home in 1985 when he accepted a job as a journalist at the Edmonton Sun.
After a few years with the Sun, Kerry found his niche as a highly-respected opinion columnist who frequently spoke out about injustice and sought solutions, specializing in City Hall and civic issues. His knowledge of issues, no-holds-barred writing style and flair for helping readers solve problems made Kerry one of the city’s most popular and trusted journalists.
In October 2010, Kerry easily won a seat on Edmonton City Council. During his term (2010-2013), he was a tireless voice for the people who elected him, decrying waste at City Hall and voting consistently against big tax hikes. Kerry argued that unnecessary tax increases unfairly burdened those who could least afford them, including seniors and low-income earners. His office answered thousands of queries and solved scores of people’s problems. He earned a reputation as an expert communicator, truly listening to his constituents’ concerns by hosting town hall meetings and engaging people through his personal website, monthly e-newsletter, e-mail, and social media.
Kerry ran for mayor in 2013, and campaigned on keeping Edmonton livable and affordable by vowing to hold the line on taxes, rein in civic debt, improve road maintenance and snow clearing, and give average citizens a stronger voice at City Hall.
Kerry has taught journalism, authored a book about Edmonton’s history and was a national director of the Canadian Association of Journalists, an organization dedicated to exposing injustice and promoting good journalism.
His accomplishments as a journalist and as a “people’s politician” give him an impressive skill set to represent, as a Member of Parliament, those who live in the new riding of Edmonton Griesbach. For Kerry, it’s all about helping people.
To read more about Kerry, visit his Wikipedia entry.
In order to cast your nomination ballot for the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in Edmonton-Griesbach, you must be a current member of the Conservative Party of Canada, as well as a resident of the Edmonton-Griesbach riding.
Consisting of that part of the City of Edmonton described as follows: commencing at the intersection of Yellowhead Trail NW (Highway No. 16) with the right bank of the North Saskatchewan River; thence northeasterly along said bank to the Canadian National Railway; thence northwesterly and westerly along said railway to 66 Street NW; thence northerly along said street to 153 Avenue NW; thence westerly along said avenue to Castle Downs Road NW; thence southerly along said road to 137 Avenue NW; thence westerly along said avenue to St. Albert Trail NW (Highway No. 2); thence southeasterly along said trail to the Canadian National Railway; thence easterly and southerly along said railway to Yellowhead Trail NW (Highway No. 16, west of 121 Street NW); thence easterly along said trail to 97 Street NW (Highway No. 28); thence southerly along said street and its southerly production to Grierson Hill Road NW; thence northeasterly and easterly along said road and 101 Avenue NW to 95 Street NW; thence northerly along said street to Rowland Road NW; thence easterly and northeasterly along said road to 92 Street NW; thence northerly along said street to its endpoint; thence northeasterly in a straight line to the intersection of 89 Street NW with 103A Avenue NW; thence northeasterly along said avenue to 87 Street NW; thence easterly and southerly along said street to Rowland Road NW; thence easterly along said road to the right bank of the North Saskatchewan River; thence generally northeasterly along said bank to the point of commencement.
* information courtesy of Redistribution Federal Electoral Districts
McCauley (east of 97 Street)
River Valley Highlands
River Valley Kinnaird
River Valley Rundle
Yellowhead Corridor East
As the Conservative candidate for MP in Edmonton-Griesbach, I would continue to support the goals and policies of the party, including long-term economic prosperity for all Canadians, supporting families, and keeping our communities safe.
By KERRY DIOTTE I was torn while starting to write this column. It could be titled: “All I really need to know, I learned while door-knocking.” Or it could have the heading: “Why true democracy in Canada may be doomed.” Instead, I figure I can deal with both subjects in one. My team and ... [ more ]