Thunder Bay, ON. Nipigon Mayor Richard Harvey announced today that he is seeking nomination for the federal Conservative Party for Thunder Bay – Superior North riding.
In a hotly contested nomination race last year, Richard Harvey narrowly and finally, lost in a coin toss to Mike Auld after a robust campaign by both prospective candidates.
Mike Auld recently stepped down due to health concerns. The Conservatives have now released the Thunder Bay – Superior North riding to seek a new candidate.
Harvey has given notice that he intends not only to win the nomination, but ultimately the next election. “Frankly the people of Thunder Bay-Superior North are tired with the 4th party martyrdom politics being played by our current NDP members and are looking for a positive change” commented Harvey. “All we have to do is look to the Kenora riding where MP Greg Rickford has demonstrated what can happen when you have a member who is part of the government. Greg continues to accomplish so much for the Kenora riding and folks around Thunder Bay will tell you that he continues to ensure that the interests of Thunder Bay and all of North Western Ontario are a top priority on the Conservative government’s agenda.” said Harvey.
Greg Rickford, MP for Kenora, has enthusiastically endorsed Harvey in his nomination. “Richard is exactly the type of candidate we are looking for in Thunder Bay- Superior North. Over the past number of years I have had the opportunity to work closely with Richard in his role as Mayor of Nipigon. Richard brings tremendous experience to the table, he has strong ties to the city of Thunder Bay and the surrounding region and is very well versed on matters regional and national in scope” stated Rickford.
Harvey notes that the Conservative Party’s commitment to North Western Ontario is unparalleled working effectively with provincial, municipal and First Nation governments to effect real change and improve the fortunes of the region as we emerge from this global economic recession. “As a mayor, I’m speaking from first hand experience.”
According to Riding President Michael Picard there has been a growing interest in the Conservative Party in Thunder Bay-Superior North and therefore, it is expected to once again be a hotly contested nomination race. “As President I am thrilled to have someone with the experience and profile of Mayor Harvey entering the nomination and believe he would make an excellent candidate.”