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Country star throws hat in with Conservative party

Posted: 01/25/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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HIGH RIVER, Alta. -- Canadian country crooner George Canyon wants to sing from the Conservative party song sheet as a member of Parliament.

Canyon, an award-winning singer who has sold more than 300,000 albums, announced Friday that he is seeking the Tory nomination in the new federal riding of Bow River in southern Alberta.

He made the announcement on a radio station in High River, the community devastated in June by torrential rain and floods. Canyon helped out during the relief campaign following the disaster.

"My wife and I were working alongside all of these volunteers, people being completely giving of themselves -- strangers -- and I saw that empathy and that service and I said to my wife, 'You know, I really feel that I need to serve more."'

Canyon, who lives on a ranch outside the town, said there is no one single political issue that is driving him to throw his cowboy hat into the ring. He said he just wants to ensure that the largely rural area that includes cattle ranches, grain farms, and oil and gas rigs continues to grow and prosper.

The 43-year-old said he doesn't plan to give up his music career and may record a campaign song called Stand Your Ground.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 25, 2014 G2

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