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Dan Campbell is running as the Liberal Candidate for Grande Prairie-Mackenzie 

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Dan Campbell is the Liberal Candidate for Grande Prairie-Mackenzie, and he is hoping that becoming the region’s next Member of Parliament can bring him back to the community he loves.

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“I love Grande Prairie, I worked there in my 20’s,” said Campbell, who said he had to move away because his career in project management took him to Edmonton.

“I really felt like this was an opportunity to potentially get back,” said Campbell.

Campbell says he wanted to run for the Liberals in this election because he believes the people of Grande Prairie-Mackenzie need to have their views heard in Ottawa, after years of Conservative Party representation.

“This is the thing, if you’ve done something one way for so long and it’s not working, what are you doing to change it?” said Campbell.

He talks about not only representation for Grande Prairie, but also meaningful representation in places like High Level, Rainbow Lake and the surrounding Indigenous communities.

“We don’t have any representation in Ottawa for Alberta,” said Campbell, “we don’t have any representation, especially in northern Alberta.”

According to Campbell, another one of the reasons he decided to run for the Liberal Party was because he connected with the party’s social and economic development vision, something he calls “jobs and babies.”

“One of the primary reasons was the commitment to economic development and diversification, because we know that things will change over time,” said Campbell.

Campbell says he wants the region to be about more than agriculture and energy, and he believes the city of Grande Prairie has the population to drive new opportunities.

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“It’s not a small city by any means,” said Campbell, “there’s absolutely opportunities here that are beyond what we already see. How can we make it the next big powerhouse?”

Campbell also believes the Liberal Party’s commitment to $10-a-day childcare is another way the party can help people in this community.

“We want to make sure that people out there have appropriate childcare, and here’s a great opportunity,” said Campbell.

Campbell also says his party’s commitment to truth and reconciliation, and moving forward on Indigenous issues is another important part of their platform.

“Absolutely, that has to happen,” said Campbell.

When asked why he hasn’t been as visible during the campaign as many of the other candidates, Campbell said it’s been mostly work-related constraints, but also how polarizing the conversations with constituents in Grande Prairie-Mackenzie have been.

“As I am going out, it has been a very challenging conversation,” said Campbell, adding “and you have to pull back from that and regroup.”

Campbell says he was under no illusion before the campaign that running as Liberal in Grande Prairie-Mackenzie would be easy.

“I absolutely knew what I was going to get, but you have to be willing to make some sort of a change,” said Campbell.

“I really want to be the person that’s listening to what the constituents have to say, and really advocate for everyone in Ottawa,” said Campbell.

Federal election day is Monday, Sept. 20. The Candidates for Grande Prairie-Mackenzie are Chris Warkentin (CPC), Dan Campbell (Liberal), Ambrose Ralph (Maverick Party), Jennifer Villebrun (NDP), Shawn McLean (PPC) and Donovan Eckstrom (Rhino Party).

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