The progressive conservatives have chosen long time Manitoulin municipal employee  Dave Williamson as their candidate for the riding of Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing in the upcoming Federal Election. Williamson says he plans to have his eyes wide open during the campaign and ready to help those in the north do more than just get by.

“I am looking at our communities and I’m not seeing people get ahead at the level that they should be,” he said. “The average family is riding that line and just getting by, and we have to focus on economic development to keep our children here.”

Williamson said his children had to leave Northern Ontario because there were no good jobs for them. He says his experience as a municipal politician will serve him well.

“I have dealt with the political groups at all levels of government federal and provincial and certainly municipal,” he said. “I know what is required when you are looking at different funding sources. I know it from the ground up. I can see the impact that can be had when you have the proper voice in Ottawa working on your behalf.”

Other candidates vying for the Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing Riding seat are incumbent Carol Hughes of the NDP; Heather Wilson of the Liberals; Dave De Lisle of the PPC and Max Chapman of the Green Party. The Federal Election which is expected to be called any day will take place in October.