Liberal Brian Gold is one of four candidates who is vying for the seat left vacant by former MP Rona Ambrose in Sturgeon River-Parkland.
The Liberal Party of Canada candidate was acclaimed as the candidate for the upcoming byelection.
Gold, a 53-year-old professor and business owner, said he wants to run to keep Canada strong and free and help foster a strong middle class.
“I want to make sure this economy that is growing the fastest of all the G7 countries keeps growing,” Gold said.
Gold has spent the last 15 years doing consultancy work on international trade. He is a professor at the University of Alberta where he teaches modern economic development with a focus on East Asia and he also teaches international business at MacEwan School of Business. Earlier this year Gold made a four-day trip to North Korea for research.
The father of two is on the board of the Edmonton Korean Canadian Association and the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy. Gold also volunteers his time with Reconciliation In Solidarity Edmonton (RISE), a group that promotes bridging the gap between first nations and non-Indigenous people.
A priority for Gold is Canada’s treating First Nations communities with respect.
Gold has a focus on business and economic development and said he wants to help strengthen the middle class of Sturgeon River-Parkland. He also said that a big concern for the riding is getting natural resources to global markets while protecting the environment.
Gold hopes to bring economic development expertise to the riding if elected.
The professor said he is pleased with the federal government’s commitment to boost military funding
“That is a really high priority for me because the essence of a free nation is one that can defend its border and be sovereign,” Gold said.
Gold, who has been involved with the Liberal party for eight years, has run once before for a federal seat. In 2015 Gold ran in Edmonton Griesbach and came in third with 22 per cent of the vote. He was beaten by Conservative Kerry Diotte, who earned 40 per cent of the vote and came second to the NDP candidate Janis Irwin with 34 per cent.
The Sturgeon River-Parkland riding was created in 2011 by combining Edmonton-Spruce Grove, Westlock-St. Paul and Yellowhead. Each of those ridings have been Conservative strongholds with members being elected from the Conservative, Canadian Alliance, Reform and Progressive Conservative parties dating back to 1979.
During the last election incumbent Conservative MP Rona Ambrose earned 70 per cent of the vote.
Gold will be running against the NDP nominee Shawna Gawreluck, Conservative candidate Dane Lloyd and Ernest Chauvet of the Christian Heritage Party. Stephen Wutzke of the National Advancement Party of Canada has withdrawn from the race.
Election day is Monday Oct. 23 but advance voting will take place on October 13,14,15 and 16.
You can check to see if you are registered to vote by visiting the Elections Canada website.