The Southwest Booster
Carnell selected as Green Party candidate for Cypress Hills-Grasslands
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