Peace River-Westlock Member of Parliament Arnold Viersen last week announced he will be seeking re-election this fall. That would be in the federal election expected to be held no later than Oct. 21.
Viersen is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada, a fact which oddly enough appears nowhere in his Aug. 8 release, by implication. Besides announcing his intention to run, Viersen used the opportunity to attack the current government. He characterized the upcoming election as “a clear choice between the Liberal plan to tax and spend and the Conservative plan to help Canadians get ahead.”
Viersen said he is running again “to ensure Northern Alberta has a homegrown voice standing for the things we care about, including resource development, farming, and firearms ownership.”
Viersen has been the MP for the riding since the 2015 election. He has since served on the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and was deputy critic of Rural Affairs as well as Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
One of Viersen’s notable accomplishments during his first term was to introduce a motion in the House of Commons asking the Health Committee to study the health effects of access to online pornography. The motion was unanimously adopted. This past spring he tabled a bill called ‘Putting Victims First,’ which “seeks to establish reverse onus for bail on people charged with human trafficking.”
Viersen concludes his news release by saying, “there is still a lot of work to do, and that “he is honoured by the trust his constituents have given him.”