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MP wins nomination in Banff-Airdrie riding

By: Stacie Snow

  |  Posted: Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 06:00 am

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Two-term MP Blake Richards will run in the next federal election, seeking to represent the new electoral district of Banff-Airdrie.

Richards was officially declared the Conservative Party of Canada’s nominee, April 17.

“It truly has been an honour to represent the people of our region for the past six years. We have achieved much together, ensuring that common sense government serves all Canadian families who work hard and play by the rules. With your ongoing support, I look forward to continuing to serve as your voice in Ottawa,” said Richards.

Since the campaign launch on Feb. 11, Richards has led a team of volunteers running phone banks, knocking on doors, engaging existing supporters and signing up several hundred new Conservative Party members.

“I am blessed to have the support of a dedicated team, willing to work evenings, weekends and holidays,” he said.

“My heartfelt thanks go out to my team and the thousands of engaged supporters who join us in standing up for Canada.”

Richards currently represents the Wild Rose riding, which covers a population of 138,617 residents and spans from Airdrie, Olds, Didsbury, Cochrane, Canmore, and Banff, as well as the Municipal District of Bighorn, the County of Mountain View, Improvement District No.9 (Banff), parts of Clearwater and Rocky View. The Stoney First Nation is also located within the riding. The riding is bounded by British Columbia to the west, Calgary to the southeast and Red Deer to the northeast.

Canada’s new electoral boundaries will take effect during the next general election, which has yet to be announced and a date will be called by Prime Minister Stephen Harper later this year.

The new riding of Banff-Airdrie will include Airdrie, Cochrane, Canmore, Crossfield, and Banff; the Morley Reserve of Stoney Nakoda First Nation; and parts of Rocky View County and the MD of Bighorn.

The new riding will level out the number of voters to 100,000 in each riding in Alberta, which according to Richards will help give each vote more of a voice.

“Moving forward, our federal government has important work to complete before the next federal election. I will continue to focus on balancing the budget, keeping our streets and communities safe, and keeping taxes low for hard-working Canadian families.”

Richards was first elected in 2008, and has made his mark on Parliament Hill by introducing a private members bill in 2011 that brought tough new penalties for wearing a mask or disguise while participating in a riot.

Richards also sits on the House of Commons Public Safety and National Security Committee, the Influential Procedure and House Affairs Committee, and is Chair of the Parliamentary Tourism Caucus.

The Blake Richards campaign can be reached at info@voterichards.ca

With files from Sara Wilson


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