Saturday , 19 June 2021

Glendon business owner running as independent separatist in upcoming election

Kacey Daniels is running as an independent in the upcoming election in the Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul riding.

There is a fourth candidate running in the Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul riding.

Kacey Daniels, owner of Glendon Tire and volunteer fire fighter, is running as an independent separatist against UCP candidate David Hanson, Alberta Party candidate Glenn Andersen, and NDP candidate Kari Whan in the upcoming provincial election.

“Something’s gotta change. It’s not the country I grew up in,” said Daniels.

“The crippling taxes. No representation in Western Canada, all the population in eastern Canada get what they want and we get the shaft.”

Daniels grew up south of Ardmore. He said he worked in the oil patch for most of his life, as a drilling consultant for CNRL and for Bear Energy Services. When the oil patch slowed down, he started running a tire shop.

Politically, Daniels said he tried to create the Alberta Freedom Alliance but they did not get enough signatures. That’s why he’s running independently.

“With the amount of money we’re sending to eastern Canada every year if we were to invest that in our province, we’d be far better off for pretty much anything you can think of. Hospitals, schools, roads. There would be so much more capital to invest in ourselves,” said Daniels.

He agrees with many of the Alberta Independence Party policies but said he didn’t trust the leader of the party – or any party.

“There’s no way I would ever in my life vote Liberal or NDP. I do like some of the policies of the UCP but I just don’t think they go far enough. The new party that’s been formed, the Alberta Independence Party, I agree with a lot of their policies. I don’t trust any of the leaders.

“I think they all have a personal agenda. They’re just out for power. I firmly believe Andrew Scheer is going to take a run at Prime Minister eventually and Rachel Notley is good for nothing. Dave Bjorkman with the Alberta Independence Party, he does some stuff that makes you wonder what he’s thinking. But I do believe in his policies,” said Daniels.

Daniels will be at the all-candidates forums in Cold Lake on April 4, in Bonnyville on April 8, and St. Paul on April 9.

Daniels attitude is to represent the constituents and not a party.

“Nobody’s going to tell me how to vote except for my constituents. There’s way too much of that going on in Parliament right now and the Legislature as well. It’s like these people are mindless and somebody tells them how to vote and that’s how we want you to vote and we’re going to vote that way. And they do,” said Daniels.

Albertans will go to the polls April 16.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.