The Canadian country singer, who has sold over 300,000 albums, said that he will throw his cowboy hat in the ring to run for the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) in riding of Bow River in Southern Alberta.
According to the Province, Canyon made the announcement at a radio station in High River, AB, a town devastated by torrential floods last year. Canyon was among several high profile people who helped out during the relief operations.
George Canyon has held many jobs. He worked as a law enforcement officer, as a slaughterhouse beef inspector, and the owner/operator of his own recording studio. He always dreamed of becoming a professional musician.
Canyon, who is an Honourable Colonel in the Canadian Forces said that he was always drawn to join the Canadian Forces, but after he was diagnosed with Type I diabetes that dream came to an end.
He now speaks to children across the country living with the disease, and was awarded the Canadian Country Music Association Humanitarian Award for his work with Canadian troops, according to the release.
“My wife and I were working alongside all of these volunteers, people being completely giving of themselves — strangers — and I saw that empathy and that service and I said to my wife, ‘You know, I really feel that I need to serve more.”’
Of course being a conservative never sits well with any liberals and hopefully George Canyon knows that despite empathy and his self-less help, as a conservative candidate he will be depicted as a neocon in the pockets of corporations and big oil.
Canyon, despite being an award winning singer, lives on a ranch outside of High River and will seek the nomination in a riding that won 83 and 77 percent of votes in the last two federal elections.
Canyon says he doesn’t know who else is running and that there is no single issue that compelled him to throw his cowboy hat in the ring. What will they call a man with a cowboy hat. Maybe a radical tea party type?
In any case, good luck George your heart is in he right place.