Torquay Mayor Mike Strachan is the third individual to say that he wants to be the Conservative Party's candidate in the next federal election.
Strachan declared his intentions on February 6. He said he supports the direction that the Tories have taken since they formed government eight years ago, but he believes some tough decisions will be coming on budgets and other fronts.
The federal government needs to resume filing balanced budgets, he said.
He also believes he has some new ideas to offer in Ottawa that will boost regional cooperation, and enhance the lives of people in smaller communities.
Strachan said he supports private-public partnerships, and he suggested a database to bring the two together to advance needs in communities.
“I'm also about supporting families and communities to ensure a quality of life for everyone in our area, and not just one certain part for our area,” Strachan told Lifestyles.
Boosting infrastructure assistance for small communities that are struggling with increased demands due to growth is key part of his platform. Strachan said he would focus more dollars for high-volume growth communities.
Strachan has been Torquay's mayor since 2009. His experience has helped prepare him for this possible next step in his political career, he said.
“Municipal politics is more of a face-to-face meeting,” said Strachan. “You get to see the good and the bad in people. That has helped me to realize there are a lot of issues facing smaller communities that need to be dealt with.
“Being a mayor of a community has been a great, great thing, but I believe there's more than can be done.”
If he becomes the Tory candidate for the next election, Strachan said he would step down as Torquay's mayor, and on other boards he serves on. He is the southeast regional director for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA).
“I am fully aware of the infrastructure problem, and some of the other challenges, facing municipalities in this area,” said Strachan.
He also sits on the physician recruitment board for Saskatchewan; and is the chair of the audit committee at the Torquay Credit Union's board.
Strachan currently works in the mining sector, and he says he has ties to agriculture and oil industries as well.
A date for the nomination meeting has yet to be established. Strachan said he will be busy selling party memberships until the meeting happens.
Two Estevan residents have already declared their candidacy for the Tory nomination: Dr. Robert Kitchen and Phil Zajac. They're trying to replace Ed Komarnicki as the Tory flag-bearer in Souris-Moose Mountain.
Komarnicki has been Estevan's MP since 2004, but has already announced he won't seek another term.