The Honourable Kevin Sorenson, Member of Parliament for Battle River-Crowfoot (formerly Crowfoot), has announced his decision to not run in the 2019 Federal Election.
“Six elections, nineteen great years, and various positions with the Official Opposition and Government,” began Sorenson. “Being a Member of Parliament has been the honour of my working life. All of it is thanks to the tremendous support of the amazing constituents of Battle River-Crowfoot, the many, many volunteers on all of my campaigns and the tireless dedication and sage advice of you, my Board of Directors and Executive.”
“But, it is time to go. It is time to spend more time with my family who has so selflessly and wholeheartedly stood by my side throughout this long and demanding journey.”
First elected in 2000, Kevin has served as: Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts; Minister of State for Finance; Chair of the Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan; Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development; Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Official Opposition Associate Critic; Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; Official Opposition Senior Critic, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; Official Opposition Senior Critic, Solicitor General Critic; Official Opposition Deputy Critic, Justice; Vice-Chair, Sub-Committee on National Security; and Member of House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
Reflecting on his nearly two decades in public office, Sorenson stressed the importance of his Christian faith saying, “Politicians are pulled in all different directions, but my faith, and the hope that it offers, has been at the heart of staying principled, serving with respect and working hard every day.”
Sorenson also reflected on his first speech in the House of Commons, made on February 1, 2001, saying the sentiments expressed on that surreal day so long ago, still hold true today.
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today with honour and a great sense of pride in representing – in this magnificent House – the people of Crowfoot. It is a privilege to stand here today and address the members of this House in my maiden speech. Mr. Speaker, may I begin by sincerely thanking the numerous volunteers who selflessly and diligently assisted with my campaign. It was, undoubtedly, the collective effort of all those involved that resulted in my victory and a victory for the Canadian Alliance in a very difficult and in some respects emotional campaign in Crowfoot. I would like to thank God for allowing me the privilege of serving the people of Crowfoot and Him – here in Parliament. I would also like to pay special tribute to my family, my parents and in-laws.
“To my wife Darlene and our children, Kristen and Ryan, who are here with me today – as they are every day – thank you – I would not be standing in this honourable House if it was not for your love and support!
“And, finally Mr. Speaker, to all the people of Crowfoot – thank you for bestowing your faith in me. I promise to respectfully and truthfully represent your views and concerns here in Ottawa. And, I pledge to work hard with the same diligence as the majority of you demonstrate daily in your careers and occupations in our predominantly rural riding.”
Sorenson thanked and commended his former and current staff for their outstanding work and support in running his Ottawa and Camrose offices.
“Without them, I could not have provided the first-class assistance my constituents deserve.”
He thanked former Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, “for the faith he had in me to be Minister of State for Finance. A position I served with honour and to the best of my ability.”
Most importantly, he stated, “Words are just not enough to express the deep appreciation and love I have for my wife and family. Darlene, my partner, my sounding board, and the one who has supported and loved me through this journey, I couldn’t have done it without her.”
Sorenson concluded by saying that while he may not be running again, he absolutely believes “The winds of change are blowing in Canada and that Andrew Scheer will be our nation’s next Prime Minister.”
He also pledged to do everything he can to make the case to Canadians that we need to elect a strong Andrew Scheer led Conservative Government in the upcoming Fall Election.
For more information contact the Hon. Kevin Sorenson, MP at 780-608-4600.