|Wildrose candidate Drew Barnes hosts open house|
|Written by production|
|Wednesday, 06 October 2010 15:32|
Several residents stopped by at the Legion in Bow Island on Sept. 26 to meet Drew Barnes, the man seeking the Wildrose Alliance nomination for this area.
Barnes, who was born in Saskatchewan in 1961 and moved to Medicine Hat at 13, sold his client list a few years ago and retired from a successful real estate career. An entrepreneur who is involved in several business ventures, including a ranch in the Cypress area, Barnes said he has always been community minded, and after retiring he began looking at a political career, and in particular at the Wildrose party. He said he was greatly impressed by the grassroots party after attending their AGM in Red Deer.
“I heard about Danielle Smith an I went to the AGM in Red Deer three or four months ago. I was very impressed with the fiscally conservative grass roots philosophy which includes fixed election dates, free votes for MLAs and transparency,” he said.
He said he is amazed that there was only a 29% turnout at the last election and said he believes on problem is voters didn’t see a viable alternative to the PCs. He said the local Wildrose party has grown by 80 or 90 members in the last four weeks and has 15 volunteers committed to forwarding its message.
He believes the party provides the alternative that long-time but disgruntled PCs are looking for.
He said he likes everything about the party, including the freedom at the AGM for anyone to take a few minutes at the mike to speak on any issue.
“We are growing. We have four MLAs right now and the party is determining policy and evolving. I think we are going to win a lot of votes from the Conservatives. And young people are tired of being lied to, promised one thing then delivered another.”
He said Danielle Smith is a great leader and is trying to have 87 candidates in place by the end of June while working on policies. Recently completed are education and environment policies while others are being generated. He added that several other policies are in the works, with input from party members helping to form them.
Nominations for the Cypress Medicine Hat constituency for the Wildrose Alliance closes on Oct. 8. In mid or by the end of November, party voters will choose representatives.