"I believe very strongly that in this world you have to have values and you have to stand up for your interests and if you don't do those things you're not going to get anywhere." ~ Stephen Harper

So... Why should we choose you, Bruce?

 

You will not find a harder worker.

Whether it be in growing several very successful businesses, helping out with Lions charity events, working on Bev's campaign, or training for the 24 marathons I've completed (including 5 Boston marathons), I have proven that I am a very hard worker. With this nomination race, I start my morning at my computer putting together my list of people I should try to meet that day, I hit the road to meet them, and then I follow up with emails in the evening once it is too dark for visits. I pack it in when I can't keep my eyes open any longer. I am determined that I will not be out-worked in this campaign. You have the opportunity to put this hard work-ethic to work for you in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex.

 

I have governing experience.

I was an Alderman in the Township of West Lincoln between 1991 and 1997, inclusive, and was Deputy Mayor for six months of that time. I have been Chair of Planning and Development, Chair of Economic Development Committee, and Chair of the Four Municipalities Waste Management Committee, which oversaw the construction of the Niagara Road 12 Landfill that serves West Lincoln, Pelham, Lincoln and Grimsby. Our mayor put me on the committee to negotiate with the union for a new contract in my first term, and I always made sure I was involved in the budget process to ensure ratepayers were receiving the best value for their tax dollars.

 

I live in the riding now. I'll live in the riding after.

I am one of the few people who is running in this nomination race who was living here in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex when Bev announced he will not be running next year. And, no matter what the result of this nomination process is, I will be living here afterwards. I am committed to this riding, and I strongly believe that if someone wins the nomination who lives outside the riding, it will become a campaign issue in the upcoming election. Our candidate must be able to speak on behalf of the people of our community -- and you can't do that if you don't live here.

 

I'm a fiscal conservative.

The primary reason that I am a Conservative is that I believe strongly that a government that is running a deficit is simply taxing our kids and grandkids -- and that situation is unacceptable. The current government will add $70 billion to our country's accumulated debt over their four year mandate. These ongoing deficits are totally unnecessary, and yet our kids and grandkids will be paying the interest on that additional debt for the rest of their lives. We need to live within our means and not foist the cost of today's services onto future generations.

 

I'm proven to be electable.. and re-electable.

When I first ran for council in West Lincoln, I was elected as the only new member of council that term. I ran with the promise of not supporting a mill-rate increase greater than the rate of inflation - and we achieved 6 years with zero mill rate increases, while building a new town hall, library, fire station and paving more gravel roads than any time prior. When I ran three years later, I was the only member of council that was re-elected, after we had implemented some very controversial decisions. I have proven that people will vote for me, and I have proven that I can earn the trust of my constituents that I will do the right thing, so that they will re-elect me, even when the tide appears to be moving the other way. I retired (voluntarily) from municipal politics after that second term.

 

I'm a small businessman and farmer(-ish).

My wife, Jenny, and I started our first small business selling AutoCAD software back in 1988, three years out of university. We built that business up to $7 million in sales and 11 sales offices across Canada. Our second (and current) business, Avalanche Search Marketing, was incorporated in 1999 to do search engine optimization and digital marketing. Three years ago, we moved from our home in North Middlesex (7 km west of Lucan) to a home and 50 acre farm in Middlesex Centre, and so now we are also farmers(-ish) -- taking care of our horses and farming the 29 acres of workable land (cash crop). I qualify my designation as "farmers" with "-ish" because we're not earning the majority of our income with just 29 workable acres. We work with the Robson family a couple of concession roads up from us to do the heavy lifting with the big equipment. But I do have the experience of fixing things that break -- there is always something to be fixed on a farm. Sort of like government, really.

 

I've paid my dues.

I'm not just coming into this nomination contest out-of-the-blue. I've been working on Conservative and Progressive Conservative campaigns since 1984, starting with Tom Hockin's campaign in London West. Between elections, I've served on the Boards of Directors of Conservative and PC riding associations wherever I've lived.

  • Director - Conservative Party of Canada - Lambton-Kent-Middlesex EDA (2014 to July 2018, stepped down to pursue nomination)
  • Member - Progressive Conservative Party - Lambton-Kent-Middlesex EDA (2007 to current)
  • Director, CFO - Conservative Party of Canada - Niagara West-Glanbrook EDA (2004 to 2006)
  • Director, Erie Lincoln Progressive Conservative Association (1991 to 2004)
    Note: Sought nomination in 1992.
  • Director, Member - Erie Lincoln Provincial P.C. Riding Association (1991 to 2006)
  • Director, Member - Halton Centre Provincial PC Association (1987 to 1990)
  • Director, Member - Halton PC Association (1988 to 1990)
  • Member - University of Western Ontario PC Association (1982 to 1985)

 

Gamble and I love parades!

Okay, we just put this one in for fun. It is not an actual reason why you should support me to be the Conservative candidate in LKM. But, on a more serious note, being visible in the public is a big part of being a Member of Parliament. My horse, Gamble, and I are definitely ready to step up!

Bruce on his horse, Gamble, with volunteer Trista Brown assisting. Ilderton Fair, September 29, 2018.

 

I give back to the community where I live.

When I list all of the ways in which I help out my community, even I wonder where I find the time!

  • Lucan District Lions Club: Current member, past-Treasurer, past-President.
  • Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Conservative Riding Association (2014 to July 2018, stepped down to pursue nomination).
  • Ivey School of Business at Western University - Entrepreneur in Residence, New Venture Project Judge - 2013 to present.
  • Race director of Canada Day Half Marathon (12 years running), St. Pats 5K and another 5K race -- All races are free.
  • Lucan Lephrechauns Old-Timers Hockey Team - Team Coordinator.
  • Western Mustangs - Gamble and I gallop a lap of the track when the Western Mustangs football team scores a touchdown.
  • Lucan Area Trails Association - Founder, Member.
  • Canadian Blood Services - Have donated whole blood over 50 times.
I think that is why I felt that I had to seek this nomination: So that I can give back to the community in which I live by being your representative on Parliament Hill.

 

I have lots of campaign experience.

Bev Shipley presenting Bruce with Canadian flag after Bruce won Bev's Canada Day Photo Contest in 2016.

Since that first campaign in 1984, I've worked on 15 municipal, provincial and federal campaigns. I worked on social media and digital marketing for Bev Shipley's last campaign. I know what it takes to win.

We need a strong Conservative voice in Ottawa

I grew up in a Liberal family, believe it or not. I finally saw the logic of 'blue skies' when I was working in Saskatchewan and got into kitchen-table debates with a family I befriended out there, and saw the error of my (and my family's) ways.

That was in 1981. Interest rates were through the roof, and the federal government was spending over 1/4 of every dollar it took in just to service the accumulated debt. I became a debt and deficit hawk, and from that point, there was no turning back.

So, from an economics perspective, I start with the premise that you should either be running a balanced budget or surplus, or you should be working your way towards one. Everything else, from a fiscal perspective, comes after that. You can't continually spend beyond your means or you're just taxing future generations.

When I look at some of the insane decisions that Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party makes -- starting with running massive (and unnecessary) annual deficits -- I know that something must be done. We need as many strong voices in the House of Commons as we can get in order to hammer away at the government and show the Canadian taxpayers that there is a better, more responsible and longer-view way to govern. I know that I can be one of those voices, and I want to do my part for the sake of my kids and my future grandchildren.

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