Chris Warkentin is hoping to continue to represent the Grande Prairie area in Ottawa next year. The Grande Prairie- Mackenzie MP has announced that he will be running in the fall federal election. Warkentin says he is looking forward to running again.
“I count it as a significant privilege to be able to represent the Peace Country in Ottawa. It’s one of the greatest professional honours that I’ve ever had and I will continue to do that if the folks of the Peace Country decide to allow me to continue in that roll.”
Warkentin was first elected to the House of Commons for the Conservative Party in 2006 and was re-elected in 2008, 2011, and 2015. Warkentin has spent the last few years speaking out against the current government and what he calls and Justin Trudeau’s failures.
“What we’re seeing now from the current govermnent is failures to get pipelines built, failures to balance budgets, failures to take care of what the average Canadian would expect for their Prime Minister and their government to take care of.”
Looking ahead to the election, Warkentin says there’s a lot of challenges in Alberta that other provinces don’t face. He want’s to bring attention to them and be a voice.
“We’re all in the same fight together… I believe strongly that we need to have a strong voice in Ottawa. Ottawa’s a long way from a place like the Peace Country and there’s things that are quite different here, realities that aren’t shared by other parts of the country… It’s important to be able to have a strong voice.”
In 2019, Warkentin says he plans to continue to fight for things like the construction of pipelines. The Federal election will take place on October 21, 2019.