Coun­try star throws hat in with Con­ser­va­tive party

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

HIGH RIVER, Alta. — Cana­dian coun­try crooner Ge­orge Canyon wants to sing from the Con­ser­va­tive party song sheet as a mem­ber of Par­lia­ment. Canyon, an award-win­ning singer who has sold more than 300,000 al­bums, an­nounced Fri­day that he is seek­ing the Tory nom­i­na­tion in the new fed­eral rid­ing of Bow River in south­ern Al­berta. He made the an­nounce­ment on a ra­dio sta­tion in High River, the com­mu­nity dev­as­tated in June by tor­ren­tial rain and floods. Canyon helped out dur­ing the relief cam­paign fol­low­ing the dis­as­ter. “My wife and I were work­ing along­side all of th­ese vol­un­teers, peo­ple be­ing com­pletely giv­ing of them­selves — strangers — and I saw that em­pa­thy and that ser­vice and I said to my wife, ‘You know, I re­ally feel that I need to serve more.”’ Canyon, who lives on a ranch out­side the town, said there is no one sin­gle po­lit­i­cal is­sue that is driv­ing him to throw his cow­boy hat into the ring. He said he just wants to en­sure that the largely ru­ral area that in­cludes cat­tle ranches, grain farms, and oil and gas rigs con­tin­ues to grow and pros­per. The 43-year-old said he doesn’t plan to give up his mu­sic ca­reer and may record a cam­paign song called Stand Your Ground.

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