Nadine Wellwood, Kelly Lorencz and Ann McCormick just ended a grueling federal election battle representing the People’s Party of Canada in three separate races in Alberta.
But instead of taking off their running shoes and putting their feet up, the trio will soon be hitting the highways of Alberta as three PPC candidates for Alberta’s pending senatorial election next month. .
And the trio expect PPC leader Maxime Bernier to travel with them during certain stages of their campaign in Alberta.
Lorencz was the PPC candidate for Red Deer-Mountainview and finished third, garnering 7,388 votes.
“I am fighting for Alberta and for a sane voice to be heard in the Senate,” said Lorencz, who owns an area west of Innisfail near the Dickson Dam.
With a background in corrections, the married father made his home in the riding of Red Deer-Mountain View for approximately 23 years.
He said he would like to add his voice to the national conversation on veterans. Lorencz is a former member of the Canadian military who toured Rwanda in the 1990s, where a humanitarian crisis led to genocide.
“The hypocrisy around veterans is staggering,” Lorencz said, noting that little has been done to help homeless veterans.
Wellwood placed fourth in her riding of Bannf-Airdrie, but she hopes the growing PPC momentum will continue.
“We want to keep the message alive in Alberta,” Wellwood said.
“Albertans must have some hope for the future.
McCormack finished in a respectable second place in the Lakeland constituency, garnering 7,388 votes, or 12.1% of all ballots cast.
“It’s been a whirlwind for the past four weeks and I guess the whirlwind will continue for a few more,” said McCormack, who lives on her husband’s family farm in the “center of the universe (actually Clandonald, north of Vermillion.) “
“PPC policies are good, the ones I can spread the word about. The only concern I have is electoral fatigue, but there is not much I can do about it. “
Lorencz has a website that can be reached here.
The Wellwood website can be reached here.
McCormack website can be reached here.
Albertans will elect three pending senators in the October 18 municipal ballot.
It would then be up to the Prime Minister to appoint them each time there is an opening in the Upper House.
On June 11, 1990, Stan Waters became the first senator elected from Alberta to be sworn in after being appointed by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
He was also the first Reform Party member in the upper house.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Allision Redford’s former finance minister Doug Horner has also joined the race for the Senate.
Erika Barootes, Pamela Davidson and Mykhailo Martyniouk represent the Conservative Party in the race.
Other nominees include Duncan Kinney, Sunil Sookram, Randy Hogle, Jeff Nielsen, and Chad Jett Thunders Sauders.