Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin., Beverly Crest Hotel Courtesy Computer, Edmonton, Alberta
January IVth, MMXV
Hon. Gordon Dirks, B. Ed., M. Ed., MLA, Minister of Education, Progressive Conservative, Calgary-Elbow
One of my greatest regrets in life was running for public office under the Progressive Conservative banner under then leader, Former Prime Minister Joe Clark. I ran b/c the Tory Party was the party of Sir John A. Macdonald, my favourite PM, but in MM (2000) it just didn't feel I should be running federally. While I got MMMIX (3,009) votes & IIIrd place, I certainly didn't belong as a candidate. While I don't think that I belong in an elected position federally, Prime Minister Clark talked to young Canadians about the value in working IIgether as a team to make this great Dominion stronger & maybe run for office themselves.
"I do more than reflect & respect this country, I fight for it...the question for Canadians is "Can we win?" Yes we can win except when we are fighting ourselves!"
"The Man From High River",
Source: XVIth Prime Minister Of The Dominion Of Canada The Right Honourable Charles Joseph Clark, BA, MA, CC, LLD, AOE, PC, Progressive Conservative & PC/DRC Coalition & Independent.