Peter Guthrie, your UCP candidate for Airdrie-Cochrane
PETE GUTHRIE “Doing Right for Your Alberta”
My name is Peter Guthrie and I, along with my wife Tracy and our children Mitchell and Camryn, have called Cochrane home for the last 8 years. Since the NDP took control of the legislature in April 2015, I have decided to become politically engaged in bringing about change by announcing my intention to run as a candidate for the newly formed United Conservative Party (UCP). With a professional engineering, agricultural and entrepreneurial background, I couldn’t see how a left- wing party was going to navigate our province through tough economic times.
I was born in Ontario and my family moved west when I was twelve. We lived in a number of Alberta towns before settling in Fort Saskatchewan where I graduated from high school in 1987. I put myself through the Chemical Engineering Program at the University of Alberta and earned my professional designation shortly thereafter. Despite a depressed economy I was fortunate to find employment in northern Alberta’s pulp and paper sector. Tracy and I married in 1995 and moved to Vancouver where I continued to utilize my engineering, sales & marketing skillset while she taught high school social studies. As my experience and responsibilities grew, I traveled to various mill locations in North America and the world such as India, Brazil, Sweden, and Taiwan.
Our work was rewarding, but a family tragedy compelled us to return to Alberta and help my father-in-law run his ranch. For almost a decade we lived a rural life with our young children, enduring drought and the BSE crisis of the early 2000’s. I developed skills and knowledge that were not part of my previous life experience such as managing herd health, farming, negotiating surface lease contracts and maintaining machinery. As mid-life grew near though, my wife and I decided to challenge our comfort circles yet again.
In 2009 we purchased a franchise retail business in northeast Calgary and moved our family to Cochrane, a community that had a rural feel to which we had become accustomed. We experienced early and sustained success with our store which we ran until August of 2017 when an unexpected offer to purchase our company came across the table. After serious consideration we decided to pursue a new calling.
I want to help the new United Conservative Party of Alberta restore our province to its former glory. I believe I have what it takes to become an effective, successful politician. I have lived throughout Alberta, was educated in Alberta and have experience in a number of fields that are important to Albertans – particularly to members of this constituency. I am articulate, organized, and capable of developing new skills quickly. I believe these credentials make me an ideal candidate to represent Airdrie – Cochrane in the next election. In order for the UCP to succeed as a grassroots organization, party policy will need to be clear, decisive and differentiated in some way from previous platforms. Bottom-up change should include experienced party members and candidates with expertise in other sectors; my profile aligns with this objective.
I hope I can count on your support.
United Conservative Party Airdrie – Cochrane email@example.com
Peter Guthrie for MLA