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NDP chooses rancher as local candidate

A fourth generation rancher will represent the New Democratic Party in Livingstone-Macleod in the next provincial election.
Cam Gardner was selected Sunday during a nomination meeting at Stuthorne’s on Main in Nanton.
“Since being elected in 2015, Rachel Notley and the NDP have fought for Albertans,” Gardner said in a news release. “I believe that only Rachel Notley is working toward what is best for Alberta: a strong economy, world class education and health care and economic diversification.”
As a small business owner, father, rancher and local councillor Gardner has an understanding of the region’s priorities and challenges.
Gardner has served as councillor for the MD of Ranchland for 18 years and reeve for the past eight years.
Gardner is a graduate of Olds College, a 4-H alumnus and the operator of his family ranch for more than 30 years.
Gardner and his wife Jolayne are raising their kids on their family ranch west of Nanton.
“As a councillor and reeve, I have spent years fighting for southern Albertans and rural communities, and now I’m running to be able to fight for communities across this province,” Gardner said. “Jason Kenney’s cuts will hurt southern Albertans.”
As an example, Gardner cited what he calls a $700-million tax cut for the wealthiest Albertans proposed by the United Conservative Party.
Gardner said Kenney and the UCP are also advocating for privatizing health care and cutting education funding.
“We are facing a clear choice in the upcoming election, and if you take a close look at Kenney’s promises, it becomes clear who will fight for us,” Gardner said. “Rachel and the NDP will.”
Gardner’s father Harvey recognized early the importance of finding common cause between environmentalists and ranchers.
Bringing people together, with the same shared values and appreciation for the Eastern Slopes, for agriculture and for rural communities, has been Gardner’s primary passion in his 18 years as a councillor for the MD of Ranchland.
Gardner believes in helping people collaborate to promote what is best for Alberta: a strong economy, world-class education and health care and global leadership in green energy technologies.
Gardner said his experiences as a small business owner, father, rancher, and councillor inspired him to run for MLA for Livingstone-Macleod.
Gardner has served on local, regional and provincial committees