The Conservative Party of Canada announced country music singer George Canyon will be the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the riding of Central Nova for the federal election. Canyon, originally from Pictou County, Nova Scotia, has won multiple Canadian Country Music Association, East Coast Music, and Juno Awards, along with volunteer honours from Diabetes Canada for his advocacy bringing attention to diabetes. 

“I’m excited to add somebody of George’s experience and talent to the Conservative team,” said Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives. “Central Nova is George’s home riding and he understands the challenges people there face trying to get ahead. As their MP, I know he will work hard to make sure they are heard in Ottawa.”

Canyon’s family, wife Jennifer, and children Kale and Madison, have always come first in his life, and his passion for Nova Scotia has never waned throughout his career. He is a Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, but more importantly, a Type-1 Diabetic that has used his platform to bring attention to diabetes research.

“Excited doesn’t even begin to describe what I’m feeling today as I become the Conservative candidate for Central Nova,” said George Canyon. “I believe that if you work hard, you should be able to buy a home, save for retirement, and care for your children and aging parents, and I want to be part of a team that understands that. Afterall, it’s hard enough to get ahead without the government making it harder. Over the next nine weeks, I’m going to wear the soles out of my boots as I work hard to show people here the type of representative and advocate I will be for them.”

Canyon has also been made an Honorary Colonel for 14 Wing Greenwood Air Force Base in Nova Scotia in 2008 and was appointed the first ever Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. He’s a proud Nova Scotian and huge hockey fan, and is in his sixth season singing the national anthem during Calgary Flames home games.

“We’re all completely behind George, and eager to get to work as we show how a Conservative government will help people get ahead, not just get by,” said Ryan Sharpe, Central Nova Conservative Association President. “I’m confident Central Nova will get the attention it deserves from our federal government with George as our Member of Parliament, and I know our grassroots volunteers and supporters fully support his campaign.”

With Canyon in place as the candidate, the Conservative Party now has a full slate of candidates in Nova Scotia and 331 overall across Canada. Election Day is October 21, 2019.