Provincial Election Day – April 23

| April 19, 2012
A provincial election goes to the polls on Monday, April 23. Your vote is your choice to elect someone to represent our area, in the Legislature.

By casting your vote, you are participating in democracy. The Senior’s Drop-in Center, next to the arena and curling rink, is the place to vote from 9 am to 8 pm.

You can vote if you are a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old on Election Day and establish proof of identity and address.

The Chamber of Commerce is hosting an “All Candidates Public Forum” tomorrow evening, April 20, starting at 7 pm at Suzy Cue’s banquet room. Everyone is welcome. Chamber President Rene Fournier will be chairing the forum.

He said, “I believe this is one of the greatest election campaigns going on in the province in the last 40 years. I believe the voter turn out will be large.”  He encourages everyone to “come on out, show up, voice your opinions and see what our candidates are all about.”

Five candidates are running in the Grande Prairie-Smoky Constituency. They include Mary Dahr of the NDP, Kevin McLean for the Liberals, Todd Loewen for the Wildrose, Independent Andrew Muise, and Everett McDonald for the Conservatives.

Everett McDonald

Progressive Conservative Candidate

Throughout Everett’s term with the county, he’s seen tremendous growth and was instrumental in the development of the county and northern region.

Passion, forward thinking to represent Grande Prairie Smoky in Edmonton. It is an exciting time to be part of our Premiers team and share in the prosperity of our province

Everett’s politics began in 1992 when first elected as Councillor in the County of Grande Prairie. The third generation farmer has served in many capacities in his tenure including, Municipal Chair, Ag Service Board Chair, Vice Chair Municipal Committee, Deputy Reeve, and Reeve from 2004 to present. He’s also served on various provincial committees including, provincial mountain pine beetle advisory committee, provincial growth summit, chair of the northern Alberta elected leaders. Website:

Todd Loewen

Wildrose Candidate

Todd is committed to building a better Alberta and willing to serve as your MLA. He was raised and still resides, near Valleyview. He learned the value of hard work and dedication at a young age and applied this to many projects.

He is a self-employed farmer and always interested in the political process. Four years ago, he realized that the existing government’s variance from conservatism has increased with their change of leadership.

The political will of Albertans is changing. Each day, more and more Albertans are coming to the realization that the Wildrose has political beliefs more in line with their own. Todd is committed to do my best to become a voice for the Wildrose in this constituency, but most importantly, become a voice for my constituents at the provincial level.

His desire to run for the Wildrose was inspired by the complacency, lack of leadership, and misdirection of the Progressive Conservative Government. Website:

Mary Dahr

NDP Candidate

Mary Dahr is a medical laboratory technologist working in microbiology. She has been working at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital; since moving to Grande Prairie 22 years ago.

A single mother of one daughter, she has learned the value of a dollar, how to budget and handle finances. We believe that it’s time that Alberta’s prosperity, drawn from our shared natural resource wealth, worked for all Albertans, not just a select few. And we’re going to spend the election showing how this can be done.

With some 20 years in the health care industry, Mary Dahr figures she can raise the profile of those issues as the NDP candidate for the riding of Grande Prairie/Smoky. Dahr noticed a higher level of awareness and engagement among voters as she heads out and knocks on doors. Website:

Kevin McLean

Liberals Candidate

Currently, Kevin is a Grande Prairie city Councillor and the Liberal party candidate in the riding. The president of the Liberals’ GP-Smoky constituency association and Alberta Liberal leader Raj Sherman encouraged Kevin to run.

Facebook link:

Andrew Muise


Independent, self-employed steel fabricator and member of the Christ Covenent Church, Andrew is running as an Independent candidate.

Facebook link:!/andrew.muise1.

Did you know? A Local History in FOCUS

Residents have been represented by a Progressive Conservative MLA since 1971 when Marv Moore was first elected in the riding of Smoky River. Moore won subsequent elections for the Tories in 1975, 1979, 1982 and 1986 and was a former cabinet minister under premiers Lougheed and Getty.

Walter Paszkowski ran for the Tories in 1989 defeating the NDP’s Bill Termeer by 1,854 votes. He went on to defeat Liberal John Croken in the 1993 and 1997 contests in Grande Prairie-Smoky. Paszkowski’s successor Mel Knight won the next three elections. In 2008, Liberal John Croken lost to Knight by a margin of 3,680 votes. (Source:

 Candidate Political Party / Independent Official Agent Phone numbers:

Please feel free to call; all the candidates enjoy discussing your concerns, comments, and suggestions.

Mary – Agent, Craig Powell 780-882-3704.

Todd – Agent, Verna Loewen 780-524-4574

Everett – Agent, John Simpson 780-831-9100

Kevin – Agent, Tina McLean 780-512-9858

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