Car­nell se­lected as Green Party can­di­date for Cy­press Hills-Grass­lands

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With an un­cer­tain fu­ture fac­ing the fed­eral mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment, the Green Party has se­lected a can­di­date to run in the Cy­press Hills – Grass­lands Con­stituency.

Chris Car­nell from Fron­tier edged out two other candidates in a nom­i­na­tion race on Aug. 29 in Fron­tier.

“It’s an honor to be elected by the mem­bers to rep­re­sent the Green Party,” ex­plained Car­nell, an In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems Ad­min­is­tra­tor and busi­ness owner in Fron­tier. “I’m looking for­ward to com­pet­ing in the elec­tion for the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent this rid­ing in Ottawa.”

Car­nell said that the Green Party dif­fers from the other par­ties in that they are truly rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the vot­ers.

“It was very re­fresh­ing to see a Party that was will­ing to run on its prin­ci­ples. They of­fer new so­lu­tions to many of the chal­lenges that are fac­ing us to­day as well as chal­lenges that will face our chil­dren. The other par­ties out there are demon­strat­ing that they would rather lis­ten since last year.

“Chris is a great can­di­date. He truly rep­re­sents the fu­ture for this rid­ing,” said Cy­press Hills – Grass­lands Green Party As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Mark Tay­lor. “At 28, he’s al­ready demon­strated his com­mit­ment to this re­gion by hav­ing a fam­ily here, vol­un­teer­ing with var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions to im­prove the area’s qual­ity of life, and by tak­ing on the chal­lenges of be­ing a lo­cal busi­ness­man.”

The Cy­press Hills-Grass­lands rid­ing was one of the stronger per­form­ing Green rid­ings in Saskatchew­an in the 2008 elec­tion. Can­di­date Bill Clary re­ceived 6.9 per cent of the pop­u­lar vote dur­ing the Oc­to­ber 2008 elec­tion. Both Car­nell and Tay­lor be­lieve that the re­gion could be a Green break­through.

“We have the wind­mills in Gull Lake, var­i­ous or­ganic farm­ers and a host of small busi­nesses like the win­ery in Maple Creek all over this rid­ing. Th­ese are the busi­ness ven­tures that the Green Party would sup­port very en­thu­si­as­ti­cally, as they are the true source of the na­tions’ growth,” said Tay­lor. to the party leaders than lis­ten to their real bosses, the vot­ers.”

“Cit­i­zens are al­ready demon­strat­ing they are green in how they live. It’s just a mat­ter of get­ting them to vote Green in the vot­ing booth.”

Car­nell stud­ied Com­puter In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems at SIAST and moved to Fron­tier eight years ago with his wife Kate. Since set­tling in town they have had four chil­dren. He is ac­tive on the Fron­tier School com­mu­nity coun­cil as well as serv­ing on the ex­ec­u­tive of the Cli­max Lions Club. He has owned the town’s apart­ment com­plex


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