Cooper seeks UCP nom­i­na­tion in Olds-Dis­d­bury-Three-Hills

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

MLA for Olds-Dids­bury-Three Hills Nathan Cooper has of­fi­cially an­nounced he will be seek­ing the nom­i­na­tion of the United Con­ser­va­tive Party to run in the next pro­vin­cial elec­tion.

The po­lit­i­cal land­scape has changed much since the last pro­vin­cial elec­tion. The Wild Rose Party and the Con­ser­va­tive Party have united, and each Con­stituency As­so­ci­a­tion will be hold­ing a nom­i­na­tion to se­lect can­di­dates for the new party.

“I re­ally feel blessed to have such a broad, deep, and mo­ti­vated team sup­port­ing both my can­di­dacy and my fam­ily,” said Cooper. “This is ex­actly what Al­berta needs go­ing into next year’s gen­eral elec­tion.”

“De­feat­ing the NDP is vi­tal for the fu­ture of our com­mu­ni­ties and our prov­ince. This isn’t just about the next elec­tion. It’s about the next 30 years. It’s about re­build­ing Al­berta’s foun­da­tions for our chil­dren, and our chil­dren’s chil­dren.”

In mak­ing his bid, he has re­ceived sup­port from many community lead­ers in­clud­ing for­mer MLA and Ethics Com­mis­sioner Bob Clark, for­mer MLA Con­nie Oster­mann and may­ors, and coun­cil­lors through­out the rid­ing.

I am very pleased with all the peo­ple who came from all

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across the con­stituency to the launch (April 5),” he said. “Pol­i­tics is re­ally a team sport and last night was as much about a team as it was about me.”

He says one thing that ex­cites him about the up­com­ing race is that the con­stituency bound­aries are new.

“The new con­stituency runs right up to the Drumheller city lim­its and in­cludes all of Rose­bud, Hus­sar, Rock­y­ford, and Stan­dard. So, I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to get­ting to know con­stituents in that new re­gion of the con­stituency as well.”

He says at this point, a nom­i­na­tion process has not been set. He ex­plains the party is work­ing on fi­nal­iz­ing the nom­i­na­tion rules. The Party has opened up nom­i­na­tions in In­n­is­fail-Syl­van Lake where for­mer MLA Don MacIn­tyre re­signed and in Fort McMur­ray-Con­klin, Brian Jean’s for­mer rid­ing.

“From what I un­der­stand there is a set of rules that will be used for those two nom­i­na­tions. As to whether those will be the set of nom­i­na­tion rules that are ap­plied across the board for the other 87 con­stituen­cies when it comes to the 2019 elec­tion, I don’t know,” he said.

“It is re­ally im­por­tant from my per­spec­tive that we get out there now and re­ally start meet­ing folks, en­gag­ing our mem­ber­ship, and try­ing to grow our mem­ber­ship even larger across the con­stituency.”

He be­lieves it is im­por­tant that the nom­i­na­tion process is fair. “Ja­son Ken­ney made that com­mit­ment dur­ing his lead­er­ship race that ev­ery nom­i­na­tion race would be open and a demo­cratic process would take place, I see no ev­i­dence to the con­trary and I know he re­mains com­mit­ted to that process.” While he does not know when the nom­i­na­tion process will be­gin, he feels it is im­por­tant that con­stituents know where he stands.

“I think it is im­por­tant, for my­self, that we are ready, that we’ve en­gaged mem­bers and that the work is done over the next num­ber of months. I have no idea when the nom­i­na­tion may or may not open, but I think let­ting folk know this is my in­ten­tion is a fair and rea­son­able thing to do.”

MLA Nathan Cooper… seeks nom­i­na­tion

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