Devin Dreeshen is seeking the UCP nomination for the Innisfail-Sylvan Lake byelection. (Photo contributed by Devin Dreeshen)

Devin Dreeshen seeks Innisfail-Sylvan Lake UCP nomination

A familiar name wants to be the next United Conservative Party candidate for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake.

Devin Dreeshen has entered the contest to replace Don MacIntyre, who resigned after he was charged with sexual assault and Sexual Interference.

The son of Earl Dreeshen, Conservative MP for Red Deer-Mountain View, he is taking aim at the NDP government, specifically at the carbon tax and Bill 6, which mandated Workers Compensation Board coverage for paid agricultural workers.

“That’s how most people get involved in politics, is because of issues that make them want to take a stand,” he said.

“Getting rid of the NDP government is on top of my priority list and repealing things like the carbon tax and Bill 6, that’s something near and dear to my heart.”

Dreeshen, a fifth-generation farmer, brings some Parliament Hill experience to the race as for seven years he worked as an advisor to Gerry Ritz, then the federal agriculture minister. Dreeshen focused on Canadian agricultural trade, improving rural infrastructure support and was part of the effort to end the Canadian Wheat Board Monopoly.

“Serving the community and giving back is something my family has believed in and stood for,” said Dreeshen. “Running for elected office is a way I can give back.”

According to a release from Dreeshen, Ritz has endorsed him saying Dreeshen “was the point man on grain issued and ending the CWB monopoly.

“He was a strong advocate for farmers and for rural communities within the Harper government and I know he will be just as effective on Jason Kenny’s team.”

He has also secured the support of a former Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA as Luke Ouellette, who represented the riding from 2001 to 2012, said Dreeshen would be a great MLA.

“He will be at the front, pressing the government on issues like hospital funding, making sure we get what we need.”

Dreeshen is a director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, a board member on the Crossroads Agricultural Society and a volunteer at the Pine Lake Country Fair.

He farms near Pine Lake and is a long-time conservative party activist.

The seat was vacated after MacIntyre resigned on Feb. 2. A byelection has yet to be called.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Giving back with Red Deer’s Festival of Trees starting Wednesday

Weeklong events from Wednesday to Sunday in Red Deer

Renovations underway at Lacombe emergency department

Emergency department temporarily relocated to acute care unit

Red Deer city council approves G.H, Dawe Centre arena twinning design phase

’It’s time’ to go through with plans from a decade ago, says councillor

Red Deer’s first pot store opens Thursday, Stettler pot store already open

Wait is over for Central Alberta’s pot enthusiasts

Curlers’ behaviour ‘unacceptable’ and ‘disrespectful’ at Red Deer Curling Classic

‘You don’t kick around other players’ bags, it’s disrespectful and we expect better of our players’

Laine’s hat trick lifts Winnipeg Jets to 6-3 win over Vancouver Canucks

VANCOUVER — Eighteen games into the season and Winnipeg Jets right-winger Patrik… Continue reading

Peterson, Luff lead Kings to 2-0 win over Blues

ST. LOUIS — Teammates and friends in the minors, Los Angeles Kings… Continue reading

Scorsese feted at MoMA by friends De Niro, DiCaprio, Hill

NEW YORK — Many young boys grow up with superheroes adorning their… Continue reading

The Rolling Stones plan 13 US live dates next year

NEW YORK — The Rolling Stones will be rolling through the United… Continue reading

Tkachuk, Gaudreau lead Flames over Golden Knights with career highs

Flames 7, Golden Knights 2 CALGARY — Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau… Continue reading

Death of young Thai kickboxer brings focus on dangers

BANGKOK — The sight of two preteen boys pummeling each other with… Continue reading

Teenage driver survives spectacular crash at F3 Macau GP

MACAU — Teenage driver Sophia Floersch was set to undergo surgery Monday… Continue reading

David’s Bridal files for bankruptcy, but your order is safe

David’s Bridal is filing for bankruptcy protection but there is no danger… Continue reading

Most Read