Medicine Hat Mayor Norm Boucher officially declared his candidacy for the federal Liberal party on Tuesday. In a passionate speech in which he announced he would be taking an unpaid leave of absence from the Mayor's office for the duration of the campaign, Boucher tore into Conservative candidate and incumbent Medicine Hat MP LaVar Payne. Boucher criticized Payne for what he called a lack of proper representation for this area, and said Payne has failed to deliver on a number of issues important to Medicine Hat — from funding for the proposed Regional Event Centre to a 24-hour border crossing at the Port of Wild Horse to health care.And before anyone says a thing about his leave of absence, remember Shelley Glover took a leave from her job as a police officer in Winnipeg to act like an idiot for the Conservatives.
"We went from a good parliamentarian in Monte Solberg to a heckler in LaVar Payne," said Boucher. "His own party treats him like a member of the opposition."
Dare we hope the West wakes up and realizes that they need representation in Ottawa, not just a hallelujah chorus for Stephen Harper. He handles that fine on his own.