Longtime Langley resident and businessman Dean Drysdale is set to announce his intention to run for the Conservative nomination in the newly-constituted federal riding of Cloverdale – Langley City.
Drysdale, who served on Langley Township council from 1996-2002 and also ran as a Canadian Alliance candidate in a Quebec riding in 2000, has a longtime interest in federal politics. He was active in the Young Progressive Conservatives in the 1970s and 1980s and worked in Ottawa during the Brian Mulroney era.
“I am running because I want to see Canada prosperous and secure. Our prosperity is best assured if we keep government small, taxes low, and our budgets balanced. Our security is best enhanced by a strong military and a justice system that puts victims first. Only the Conservative party is committed to these principles,” he said.
He grew up in Langley, attending D.W. Poppy and Langley Senior Secondary before obtaining his MBA in Paris and his PhD in London. In addition to teaching business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey for 20 years, he has also served as an officer in the Canadian Army Reserves for 33 years.
He has been active in business for the last dozen years, financing and developing several businesses.
Of his business background, Drysdale says, “I hope to be able to bring a businesslike approach to financial management in Ottawa. Most businesses and families try to get a dime to do a dollar’s work, and I would like to see more of that from our government.”
A formal announcement of his candidacy takes place on Saturday, Jan. 25 in the Sunrise Room at 5640 – 188 St. in Surrey, at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to all. Memberships in the Conservative Party will be available at the door.
Annual memberships are $15 and five-year memberships are $60.
The new riding association is being formed and a nomination meeting will likely take place in about a year, with the federal election set for October, 2015.
Other candidates seeking the nomination are Paul Brar, Mike Garisto, Gurmant Grewal and Dave Hayer.
Thus far, Drysdale is the only Langley candidate in the race.