POLITICS

Alberta's George Canyon throws cowboy hat into political ring

01/24/2014 10:27 EST | Updated 03/26/2014 05:59 EDT
Canadian country music crooner George Canyon announced this morning he will seek the Conservative nomination in Alberta's new Bow River riding.

"The people in this riding are resilient and hard working. I was blown away by how well we all pulled together as a team while under the terrible stress of the flood crisis last year, the recovery of which is still ongoing," wrote Canyon in a release.

"I live in this community and these people are my friends and neighbours. It would be an honour to represent them as a member of Parliament."

The new riding will include the communities of Brooks, Claresholm and Fort Macleod to the south of Calgary, but will also include a large chunk of land to the east and north of the city, going all the way to the border of Drumheller. It encompasses part of what is now the Crowfoot riding, a seat currently held by Conservative MP Kevin Sorenson.

The singer was quick to note he wouldn't stop working on music, saying he has a new album coming out. 

Canyon lives in on a ranch just outside of High River, a community devastated by the Alberta floods. The musician also says he has travelled extensively in his job as a musician, selling more than 300,000 albums which have garnered him multiple awards.

The release states he also speaks to children across the country about living with Type 1 diabete and was awarded the Canadian Country Music Association Humanitarian Award for the work he has done with Canadian troops.

Canyon says he will be spending the next few weeks travelling around the area to meet with residents.

Bow River riding 

The Bow River riding was created ahead of the next Canadian election, following the redistribution of federal electoral districts, which happens after every 10-year census to reflect the changes and movements in Canada's population.

Alberta gained six new ridings, and is now divided into 34 electoral districts.

More information on Canyon's campaign can be found onFacebookor his website.