Dreeshen announced candidacy for another term in House of Commons

Red Deer MP Earl Dreeshen has announced he will seek another term in the House of Commons.

Red Deer MP Earl Dreeshen has announced he will seek another term in the House of Commons.

In a news release Feb. 12, he declared he will run as the Conservative Party candidate to represent the newly formed federal electoral district of Red Deer-Mountain View in the 2015 federal election.

Choosing to run in the Red Deer-Mountain View riding means Dreeshen will no longer represent Sylvan Lake voters. Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins has already announced he’ll run as the Conservative candidate in the Red Deer-Wolf Creek riding which encompasses Sylvan Lake.

“I am honoured to let my name stand as the Conservative Party nominee for the Red Deer-Mountain View riding,” Dreeshen said. “Central Alberta continues to be a beacon of growth and prosperity, and I look forward to continuing my role in helping our region achieve its full potential.”

Since being elected in 2008, Dreeshen has led numerous trade missions promoting Canada’s interests in growing our economy and highlighting Alberta as a great place to invest. He was a delegate in Governor General David Johnston’s first official state visit to Asia last October. In January, Dreeshen spoke at a 22-country Asia-Pacific parliamentary forum outlining Canada’s economic interests in education and agriculture.

He sits on the Agricultural and Aboriginal Affairs committees in Ottawa and has worked closely with Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz on agricultural issues of importance to Central Alberta farmers, such as the COOL dispute, Western Livestock Price Insurance and transportation logistics.

He also sits on the Post-Secondary Education caucus. A founding member of this group, he has toured educational facilities across Canada and has promoted Red Deer College and Olds College, along with their many innovative programs, on both the national and international stage.

Dreeshen’s Private Member’s Bill, C-444, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Personating Peace Officer or Public Officer) has received unanimous support in the House of Commons and will soon become law. This piece of legislation exemplifies Dreeshen’s support for the rights of victims and will be one of the rare times that a member of parliament has amended the Criminal Code of Canada, said his announcement.

“Scrapping the long-gun registry, giving farmers marketing freedom, and protecting victims of crime are some of my proudest moments in Ottawa as a representative for the people of Central Alberta,” said Dreeshen.

“I am very excited to work with my great campaign team in the coming nomination,” said Dreeshen. “I truly appreciate all of my supporters of the past and present, and look forward to earning the support of new supporters.”