Inspired local leadership.

I have had the pleasure of working with Kent for a few years now. I first met him when I was starting out as a young liberal at the University of Calgary, and then again while I was working as his mother’s campaign manager in her successful 2013 run for trustee. Now I know him through both professional and volunteer ties.

In every action he has taken I have seen aspects of leadership guided by a firm core of beliefs. It’s an incredibly rare thing to have both principle and the drive to enact those principles in a single person. I am in awe of Kent and the work that he does.

In the last six months I have heard on the doors, over the phone, and with plenty of people that he is the second coming of Sheldon Chumir, a Liberal MLA from nearly twenty years prior in this very same seat, who advocated for those very same values that have inspired me to be involved.

These values of prizing civil liberties – access to justice, freedom from persecution, and the value of human dignity – are core concepts that are entwined with his efforts on the provincial stage. Then, on top of this, are those very important liberal values of safeguarding the environment, promoting social progressivism, and acting in a fiscally prudent manner.

It’s with this values he is able to reach out and do good work. One of the most powerful things I’ve seen him do is walk straight into the Canadian Taxpayers Federation press conference, articulate a vision for a better Alberta, and then take a leadership role in what would normally be a very conservative and very not-Kent arena. Through having strong values I feel he was able to take on the mantle of smart governance, fiscal prudence, and accountability in how we manage the public purse, with both credibility and with a passionate voice for people.

It’s in this inspired local leadership that I can stand beside Kent in his run for federal office. I’m on Team Hehr.