Local professor enters race for Bow River Conservative nomination
Langdon resident and economics professor Gerard Lucyshyn is intent on winning the Conservative nomination for the Bow River electoral district.
Lucyshyn made the decision to enter the political race in May and said he has spent the last several months building membership in the new Bow River riding in anticipation of the 2015 election.
“In the last 10 years, I’ve resided in the Bow River area and I’ve had the opportunity to visit and engage with residents in most of the towns within the district,” he said about his opportunities to travel not only as a hockey parent for his children’s tournaments, but also because of his involvement with various community organizations.
“I think people deserve strong, local grassroots representation in Ottawa,” said Lucyshyn, adding that a representative should be “free of a dubious or shadowy track record.”
The Bow River riding was created through a redistribution of electoral jurisdictions for the 2015 election. Federal electoral boundaries are reviewed and adjusted every 10 years. Alberta now has 34 electoral districts with a population of about 107,000 people in each.
The Bow River riding has a population of 102,272, based on 2011 census figures, and includes the communities of Chestermere, Strathmore, Vulcan, Brooks, Taber and Vauxhall.
“I want people to know they have a choice out there, and someone who follows and abides by cowboy ethics – the code of the West,” he said, adding he’s “always had Conservative values.”
Lucyshyn said his ideals include ensuring Canada has a strong economy through stronger labour training, more trade options and lower taxes; providing programs to support families, seniors and caregivers; ensuring the deficit is eliminated and the federal government maintains a balanced budget; and to implement tougher penalties for violent criminals.
As a lecturer at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Lucyshyn has taught classes on macroeconomics and engineering economics, but he said his other areas of interest include business economics, law and economics, international trade and finance, and economic history.
His community involvement includes experience as the president of the Langdon and District Chamber of Commerce, the founding member of the Rotary Club of Chestermere, and a 4-H volunteer. He said he has ties to communities in the district as far as Brooks and Taber.
This is not Lucyshyn’s first attempt at entering the local political scene. In the 2013 Rocky View County (RVC) election, he ran against incumbent and current Division 4 Councillor Rolly Ashdown. He lost the seat to Ashdown by 37 votes. Ashdown also recently announced his intention to gain the Conservative Party nomination for the Bow River riding.
The Bow River Conservative Party of Canada has not officially announced the call for nominations, however, it is anticipated for this fall.
For more information on Lucyshyn, visit www.gerarldlucyshyn.ca