Another candidate steps forward to replace Miller

A third person has stepped forward to seek the federal Conservative nomination in Bruce Grey Owen Sound. 

Kimberley resident Rick Byers has announced his intentions following MP Larry Miller’s announcement last week that he was not seeking re-election in the October federal election.

“I’m excited to put my name on the ballot and seek the support of our membership so we can continue to build a better future for the people of Bruce and Grey,” Byers said. “As our Member of Parliament in Ottawa, Larry Miller has been an exceptional voice for our community and for Canada. I’m committed to continuing his legacy of service to get things done for this great riding.”

Byers and his wife, Margot, have been married 32 years and have lived in their home on 100 acres near Kimberley for eight years.

They have three sons, Adrian, Peter and Cameron.

Byers has been active in the local community and politics most of his life and has opened their property to the Bruce Trail Conservancy for hikers in the Beaver Valley.

More recently, he's worked with the Multi-Municipal Long-Term Care Working Group to save Grey Gables.

He is also active as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Flesherton-Markdale Branch 333 and at Christ Church Markdale.

Byers has also served as President of the Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Conservative and Progressive Conservative Associations, was Campaign Manager for Bill Walker’s successful 2018 re-election campaign and sign chair for Larry Miller’s 2015 re-election campaign.

“We need to bring back competence to the Government of Canada in the handling of the major issues facing Canadians today,” Byers said. “From insufficient pipelines for Canada’s resources, endless deficits, illegal refugees, and a carbon tax that would devastate rural communities like ours in Bruce and Grey, we need a strong Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer to deliver real action for our country. I’m ready to fight for hard-working Canadians and be part of his team to bring back competence in the management of Canada’s federal government.”

Byers retired from a successful 32-year career in infrastructure, finance, accounting and government with Finance Minister Michael Wilson.

He has also worked for Borealis Infrastructure, significant owners of Bruce Power.

Byers is also a Board Member of the True Patriot Love Foundation which supports Canadian Military families, and has climbed three of the world’s Seven Summits, including two with Canadian soldiers, and one raising money for military families.

He says he's a strong fiscal conservative with a commitment to good financial management in government who cares about family, community, hard work and public service, and is driven to get stuff done for Grey-Bruce and for Canada