CPAC’s Ed Watson reports on the by-election in the Alberta riding of Medicine Hat–Cardston–Warner. This seat was formerly held by Conservative Jim Hillyer who passed away last spring after suffering a heart attack in his office, on Parliament Hill. Hillyer’s Conservative successor is Glen Motz, a 35-year veteran of the Medicine Hat Police Service. His campaign is confident that the 25,000-vote plurality Hillyer enjoyed in 2015 will repeat.
His Liberal adversary is Medicine Hat businessman Stan Sakamato, owner of the Shooting Star Catering Company. Sakamoto’s son, Mark, was a former political advisor to former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff. The NDP candidate is Bev Waege who garnered 20% of the vote in the last provincial election. The Libertarian candidate is Sheldon Johnston. The former chaplain is the father of five children and spent a number of years as the deputy leader of the Saskatchewan Green Party. The national leader of the Christian Heritage Party Rod Taylor is also on the ballot. The winner of the 2000 BC Interior Lumber Grading Championship will be running in his second election since being elected leader.