Clarke announces bid for re-election

by Phil Ambroziak

It may be more than a year away, but it’s never too early to prepare for a federal election.
Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River MP Rob Clarke is only one of several candidates throughout Saskatchewan to announce plans to run in the October 2015 federal election.

“I will be seeking re-election, but I’m still going through the nomination process,” Clarke said.

According to reports, next year’s election will be an interesting one because – in spite of the Conservative’s success at the polls in 2011 – much has changed in recent years including riding boundaries, which were redrawn to become more distinctly urban and rural. According to Clarke, however, success – as in any election – can only be achieved by getting out and about throughout the constituency and interacting with the people who will ultimately have the final say when determining who will occupy a seat in the House of Commons.

“You should always be campaign-ready,” Clarke noted. “The election itself is almost a year away, but candidates have to be prepared. Not only is it about getting out there and gaining some name recognition for yourself, candidates also have to get to know their constituents. It serves two folds.”

In the 2011 federal election, the Conservatives claimed 13 of the province’s 14 seats. The same result was achieved in the 2008 vote. Whether this will be the case again in 2015 remains to be seen, but political experts believe the aforementioned boundary changes combined with the Senate expense scandal could sway some voters in another direction. Both the Liberal and NDP Parties, meanwhile, have also come under new leadership since the last go-round.

Clarke, however, said the Conservatives continue to address important issues, particularly in the North.

“I see how the North is and the strong leadership we have,” he said. “I feel we’ve accomplished a lot of things in the North in terms of jobs and economic growth. We’ve also brought a lot to this part of Canada in terms of better schools, improved education funding and more. But, there is more to do and I want to be part of that. I want to continue to serve our riding.”

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