The Green Party has entered its candidate into the ring for the upcoming July byelection.
Music teacher and former Alberta Green Party Deputy Leader Brian Deheer announced on Monday his intention to represent the Green Party in the race to be the next MLA for Fort McMurray-Conklin – following the March resignation of former MLA Brian Jean.
“There will be some voters who don’t want to give their votes to the two larger parties, the two that most feel will dominate this election,” Deheer said. “So, for those who’d rather not, I invite as many people as possible to vote for the Green Party.”
A Lac La Biche native, Deheer has been known as an advocate for the environment.
While he sympathizes with the economic significance of the oilsands in our region, he says his main focus will be working with industry to come up with alternative energy solutions.
“I remember hearing the saying years ago, that it would be great for oil companies to think of themselves less as oil companies and more as energy companies and be looking at solar, wind and geothermal and there is excellent potential for those resources here in Alberta.”
Deheer also has experience on the federal level, as well.
Back in 2015, he ran in Fort McMurray-Cold Lake, placing fourth in that election behind eventual MLA David Yurdiga.
He also ran in Fort McMurray-Athabasca in 2014 byelection – following Jean’s previous resignation from that riding.
Deheer feels his experience at the federal level and his facial recognition might be to his advantage.
“Nevertheless, I hope people will vote for the Green Party because of what it stands for and because if they feel the same way as I do, then they feel it offers a lot of constructive, realistic, common sense guidance for where we might go in our future.”
The byelection is on July 12.