Robert Morrison Announces Bid for Kootenay-Columbia Federal Conservative Candidacy

He is the first in the region to formally announce his intentions to run for office in 2019.

Morrison has spent the last 30 to 40 years of his life working in communities like Cranbrook, Golden, Creston, and Nelson, and believes he is a great choice to represent the riding on behalf of the Conservative Party of Canada.

"Being a conservative - which I have been, growing up in Alberta and my family's been conservative - conservative values are exactly what I believe in. I think that the Kootenay-Columbia, it's time for us to get back to the conservative routes."

Should he become the party's nominee and be elected as the next member of parliament, he says some of his priorities would include enhancing national parks and tourism, increasing supports for the elderly, and looking at more ways of attracting younger workers to the Kootenays.

Morrison formerly worked as an RCMP officer in Creston before getting into intelligence work both at home and abroad.

"Working as a public servant, I worked abroad. I was a diplomat in Pakistan where I was responsible for 17 countries throughout the Middle East and also Central Southwest Asia, based out of Islamabad."

He has also helped out with security for Canada's national treasury and had a role in securing a new BC RCMP contract several years ago.

While the Conservative Party has yet to officially open the nomination process for candidates, Morrison says they will likely do so in the next month or two.

The federal election is set for October 21, 2019.

Update (February 21, 2018): Dale Shudra has also announced his intention to represent the Conservative Party of Canada in Kootenay-Columbia in 2019.

- David Opinko

Audio: Robert Morrison

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