A former fighter pilot is throwing his hat into the political ring.
Stephen Fuhr has announced he will seek the Liberal party nomination in the federal riding of Kelowna-Lake Country, the seat currently held by Conservative MP Ron Cannan.
Fuhr would bring over 20 years of military service to the table and the 44-year-old says he’s tired of how Stephen Harper and the conservatives are running the country.
“Eight years at the helm has left the Harper government institutionally arrogant,” he says.
“There is a fundamental lack of transparency and little to no accountability. Issues like the Senate scandal and the Fair Elections Act are just a few examples of a party that has lost touch with Canadians.”
After retiring from the Royal Canadian Air Force in 2009, Fuhr relocated to the Central Okanagan to join his family's satellite communications company, SkyTrac Systems.
He left the company three years later and currently works as a pilot, but now has his sights set on the 2015 federal election.
“We did not get the government many of us voted for,” says Fuhr.
“The time has come for Canadians to demonstrate they can punish poor performance as they have done in the past. It’s good for our democracy. The federal Liberals are assembling a team with the interests of Canadians at the forefront. A team that will deliver the performance-based, transparent and accountable government we deserve.
“I’m ready to serve again.”