Kent Hehr

Your member of parliament for


Calgary Centre

Kent Hehr

Your member of parliament for


Calgary Centre

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I promise to be a champion for Calgary in Trudeau’s cabinet

This op-ed was originally printed in the Calgary Herald on November 4th, 2015. It is rehosted below.

I write to you as the first Liberal to represent downtown Calgary on Parliament Hill since 1968. Even writing those words feels strange.

Things have changed here in Calgary and across Canada. Oil prices continue to lag and our economy is feeling the pinch. More and more Albertans are losing their jobs every day. Six months ago, Albertans chose change over familiarity in tough times, and elected an NDP government to the legislature.

Now, Canadians have asked the Liberal party and Justin Trudeau to take the lead federally. But noticing change is not enough — not even close. Change is an empty word unless you back it up with substance, hard work and good public policy.

As Trudeau said on election night, Conservatives are our neighbours. Well, a glance at the electoral map shows that Conservatives are definitely my neighbours — on all sides. I’m sure Darshan Kang, Calgary’s other former Liberal MLA turned MP, also knows the feeling. But there’s a certain accountability that naturally comes with being a Liberal in a sea of blue. That’s a good thing.

I write to you as the first Liberal to represent downtown Calgary on Parliament Hill since 1968. Even writing those words feels strange.

Things have changed here in Calgary and across Canada. Oil prices continue to lag and our economy is feeling the pinch. More and more Albertans are losing their jobs every day. Six months ago, Albertans chose change over familiarity in tough times, and elected an NDP government to the legislature.

Now, Canadians have asked the Liberal party and Justin Trudeau to take the lead federally. But noticing change is not enough — not even close. Change is an empty word unless you back it up with substance, hard work and good public policy.

As Trudeau said on election night, Conservatives are our neighbours. Well, a glance at the electoral map shows that Conservatives are definitely my neighbours — on all sides. I’m sure Darshan Kang, Calgary’s other former Liberal MLA turned MP, also knows the feeling. But there’s a certain accountability that naturally comes with being a Liberal in a sea of blue. That’s a good thing.

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