Central Alberta’s Pam Davidson is hoping her latest aspiration can help protect the place she calls home.
Davidson, a mother of four from Red Deer County, is now an official senate candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada after receiving confirmation from the Alberta Senate Candidate Nomination Committee (ASCNC) and by the National Candidate Selection Committee (NCSC).
She is hoping to promote responsible natural resource development, uphold individual liberties, and stop anti-Alberta government overreach.
As someone who has worked and lived on a farm for a number of years, Davidson said her experience in farming should also help her represent the thousands of farmers in the province that help drive the Canadian agriculture sector.
Her husband Gary, was a United Conservative Party candidate in Red Deer-South in 2019.
The 2021 senate election will coincide with the municipal elections happening in municipalities across Alberta on October 18.
On election day, eligible voters will be able to select three senate candidates who will then be elected to the position of Senator-in-waiting.
The expectation is that in the event of a vacancy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will select the senator-in-waiting that received the most votes in the previous senate election.
Just last week, Trudeau appointed Karen Sorensen, mayor of Banff as an independent senator.
Premier Jason Kenney issued a statement that he had previously called on the prime minister not to fill the two current senate vaccancies, but instead wait until Albertans choose their preferred candidates in the October municipal election.
“The prime minister’s decision shows contempt for democratic decision-making, and for Alberta voters in particular,” Kenney said of the decision.
“As a forum for representation of regional interests, the Senate plays a vital role in our federation. It is essential that senators have a mandate from Albertans to ensure that they actually defend our vital economic interests.”
Alberta is the only province in Canada to democratically elect its senators. As of Aug. 3, there is only one Alberta senate vacancy.
Davidson and her campaign team will be travelling across the province over the next few months to meet Albertans as she runs to defend Alberta’s interests in the Senate of Canada.