It’s official: Ken Finlayson is running for Parliament as an independent.
Elections Canada’s site has confirmed that Finlayson is on the list of candidates running in the federal by-election in Battlefords-Lloydminster.
As of Sunday night the other confirmed candidates on the ballot were Rosemarie Falk of the Conservatives, Matt Fedler of the NDP, Larry Ingram of the Liberals and Yvonne Potter-Pihach of the Green Party. Elections Canada had set a 2 pm Monday deadline for all nominations to be in.
Finlayson, who has been a rancher and rodeo cowboy among his various pursuits, had previously attempted to seek the Conservative nomination but was rejected by the party’s nomination committee.
Afterwards, there were calls by supporters for Finlayson to enter the race as an independent. In a post on his Facebook campaign page Sunday, Finlayson stated he had gotten his nomination papers in to Elections Canada the previous day.
“Some people have smugly told us we "don't have a snowball's chance in Hell!" as an independent candidate,” Finlayson stated. “Well that don't change the reasons we're here! Just changes the height of the hill we got to climb.”