Red Deer County’s Pam Davidson has been confirmed as an official senate candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada. (Contributed Photo)

Red Deer County’s Pam Davidson has been confirmed as an official senate candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada. (Contributed Photo)

Davidson is excited at the prospect of bringing central Alberta’s voice to Ottawa

The Alberta senate candidate visited 57 communities during her campaign

Newly elected senator-in-waiting Pam Davidson hopes to be able to bring central Alberta issues to Ottawa’s attention.

As priorities, the Red Deer County resident lists the need for high-speed internet service outside major centres, and the need to uphold free speech as a constitutional right. Davidson said she’s heard concerns from many people who feel politically correctness has curtailed their right to express themselves.

There’s also another important message Davidson wants to bring to Ottawa’s attention. She noted the majority of Albertans just voted in favour of taking equalization out of the constitution, as many are unhappy this province has always had to send money to “have-not” provinces, even when oil revenues had plummeted.

As Alberta develops a more equitable proposal, Davidson said “I will help navigate for that,” if given the chance to become an official Canadian senator.

The mother of four, who operates a farm and a small business with her husband, won the most votes of 14 candidates who were running in Alberta’s senate election.

But this doesn’t mean the Conservative Party nominee — or the other two just-elected Alberta senators-in-waiting, Erika Barootes and Mykhailo Martyniouk (who are also Conservatives) — will automatically be appointed to the senate by Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Since there’s currently an opening for an Alberta senator, Davidson is hopeful that Trudeau and the independent committee that considers senate nominees will listen to Alberta voters and not be partisan. She also intends to enter the federal senate application process.

“The Prime Minister has said that all the applications (for senate) will be considered and will be weighed equally, and I trust he will be true to his word,” she said.

Davidson said she was “very excited, very honoured” to find out on Tuesday that she’d won the senate election by the highest number of votes — more than 18 per cent. (Barootes won by 17 per cent and Martyniouk by about 11 per cent.)

It showed a lot of hard campaigning had paid off, said Davidson, who visited 57 Alberta communities to meet with municipal councils and ask what’s important to them?

She credits her team for helping get her name out. Having lived in Alberta her whole life, she said she also has a large network of relations and friends who advocated for her behind the scenes.

To potentially become a voice for her home province in the Canadian Senate — and especially to be able to speak up for rural and central Alberta residents “is very exciting,” she added.

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