Edmonton city councillor Ben Henderson is running for the Liberal Party in the next federal election.
Henderson, who’s been on city council since 2007, made the announcement on Twitter and Facebook Tuesday.
“Edmonton Mill Woods deserves strong and effective representation in government, that is why I’m thrilled and honoured to run for the job of serving the community of Mill Woods and the Meadows in Parliament,” he wrote.
“My campaign will be focused on fighting for a safer, inclusive, and economically resilient Mill Woods.”
His news release says, as an MP, Henderson would “continue delivering support for Edmontonians while protecting people’s health, creating good middle-class jobs, protecting the environment, and building a more equal and inclusive Canada.”
Global News asked for comment on Henderson’s announcement from Tim Uppal, a Conservative who currently serves as the MP for Edmonton Mill Woods.
In an emailed statement, he said he believes the federal Liberal government has not benefited Albertans.
“I’ve seen the effects that the Liberals’ disregard for Alberta has had on families in Mill Woods, and that so many are being left behind by (Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau’s ‘reimagined’ economy,” his statement reads in part.
“It is clear that the Liberals do not respect the West.”
Henderson has lived in Edmonton since 1981.
In March, he announced that after four terms and 14 years, he wouldn’t be seeking re-election as city councillor.
While a federal election has not been called, it’s expected Canadians will go to the polls this fall.
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