Calkins will seek election in newly formed riding in 2015
Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins
Blaine Calkins, Member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin, has declared that he will seek to run as the Conservative Party candidate to represent the newly formed Federal Riding of Red Deer – Wolf Creek in the 2015 Federal Election.
“I am proud of my central Alberta roots, having lived and worked in communities such as Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Blackfalds and Lacombe. It is a natural fit for me to continue to serve the hard working taxpayers residents of central Alberta in the newly created constituency of Red Deer – Wolf Creek.
Calkins is currently the Chair of the Alberta Conservative Caucus and the Member of Parliament for the Federal Constituency of Wetaskiwin. Due to the statutory 10 year review of riding boundaries and the addition of 6 new seats for Alberta, the current riding of Wetaskiwin will cease to exist after the next general election.
Every 10 years, after the census is conducted, the number of electoral districts and their boundaries are revised to reflect population shifts and growth.
The new riding will include Ponoka and Lacombe Counties, including all cities and towns therein, the four bands that comprise Maskwacis, the summer villages of Jarvis Bay and Norglenwold, the Town of Sylvan Lake, and a portion of the City of Red Deer and Red Deer County.
“I grew up in Lacombe County; I went to school in Lacombe. I played hockey here, my friends and family are here,” said Calkins. “I taught at Red Deer College for years just before I was elected, was a Ranger at Sylvan Lake, my wife and I began our family in Blackfalds and we now live in Lacombe. It only makes sense to continue to represent the fine citizens of central Alberta in the place we call home.”
Calkins states that he will continue to support the constituents of his current riding of Wetaskiwin until the next Federal election in 2015. “Just because I have declared my intentions for 2015, there is still work to be done in the constituency of Wetaskiwin, and I will continue to represent the people of this constituency to the best of my ability.”