George Canyon won't seek Conservative nomination
Politics: Health scare forces foothills singer to reconsider priorities
By: Don Patterson
| Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 06:00 am
A Foothills country music singer announced last week he will not be getting into politics due to health reasons.
George Canyon, who lives on a High River-area ranch, will not be seeking the Conservative Party’s nomination to run in the new Bow River Riding, because of an unspecified “health scare.”
“I have realized that I’d rather serve my fans and fellow Canadians through my music,” he said. “A health scare has the serendipitous ability to remind all of us that life is precious and finite.”
In January, Canyon announced his intention to seek the nomination to run as the Conservative candidate in the Bow River riding, which will be created before the 2015 federal election.
He assured his fans and supporters that he is okay, despite his health scare.
Canyon said it forced him to take another look at his priorities and he wants to focus on his family and his fan, who he called his “family away from home.”
Canyon lives in the current Macleod riding and considered seeking the nomination to become the Conservative candidate in the upcoming Macleod by-election, but instead to throw his support behind John Barlow, who went on to become the Conservative candidate in Macleod. The two planned to co-ordinate their campaigns for office.
Barlow said he was looking forward to working with Canyon and believes they would have made a good team.
However, he said he understands that Canyon has to focus on other priorities right now.
“His family comes first and I totally respect that,” he said.
Barlow said Canyon would’ve made a great Member of Parliament. He hopes Canyon considers making another run again in the future.
“I still think he’ll be a great representative at some time if he ever decides to do this,” he said.