After voting was done on the weekend, Jeremy Patzer won the by-election for the Cypress Hills-Grasslands Conservatives.
He is taking over from David Anderson who initially was elected as a member of the Canadian Alliance in 2000. Anderson announced in early March he was not seeking re-election.
Patzer indicated that the issues didn’t change much from the start of the by election campaign until June 14-15 when the vote was held at stations within the southwest Sask. riding.
“It stayed the same, carbon tax being first - not doing anything for the environment and just a money grab,” explained Patzer in a phone interview Wednesday morning.
He added agriculture and the subsequent trade markets and defending the Canadian farmers’ livelihoods were intact was another issue.
The final major concern or those Conservative supporters was the state of building petroleum pipelines. The federal government announcement of the TransMountain Pipeline being approved earlier this week didn’t really impress Patzer that much. He noted that this is the third time this pipeline has been approved and still there’s no not an inch of pipe in the ground.
Patzer said that not only was he happy with the weekend result but he was impressed with the other candidates and how smooth the campaign went.
The other candidates who also ran in the by-election were Kyle Bennett from Shaunavon, Sean Checkley from Fox Valley, Norm Nordgulen from Assiniboia, Megz Reynolds from Kyle, and Kelly Williamson from Pambrun.
“The other five candidates ran good campaigns; it was done fairly, done cleanly and everybody put ’)(their stamp) on things,” explained Patzer.
He said that he learned a lot from outgoing MP David Anderson. He has known Anderson for a long time and the last four years was part of his local board of directors on the Conservative Part;s Grasslands riding association.
“Working on David’s board of directors has helped me learn from him and get to know what the party’s stance is on key issues,” he explained.
Patzer will not be basking in the glow of victory. The Swift Current native said he will be hitting the road as soon as he makes up an itinerary. He will be checking community calendars, talking to people and finding out all the place he can visit during the next few months leading up to the election.
“I need to get out in the riding again,” Patzer explained. “Just want to be making my presence known out there and get out to the communities and see what their different concerns are.”