Small business owner wants to be the voice of the West in Ottawa
Heather Schmitt, horse lover, breeder, business owner and Carrot River resident, says she is running for federal election to give voice to people.
Schmitt is in the running to represent the Maverick Party in the riding of Prince Albert in the upcoming federal election on September 20.
She says the like-minded people she knows in politics are too busy to run for office.
If no one is making their voice heard, then we have no voice, ”she said in an interview with Prince Albert on August 20, after submitting her candidacy.
The party only presents candidates in Western Canada and has a two-track approach, she said.
“We are looking for constitutional changes for more fairness in the west,” she said. “If we do not succeed, or almost, we will demand independence.
Schmitt has no experience in municipal or provincial politics, but said running a small business gave him a better understanding.
“I am a small business owner, it affects me every day,” she said.
The skills needed to run a small business may well turn into political office, Schmitt said.
“There are a lot of little challenges in the business world that need to be overcome every day,” she said, adding that this has given her the ability to keep up with what’s going on and be flexible.
“There are a lot of people who are too busy and they can’t do it. So someone has to do it, ”Schmitt said.
After graduating from Lakeland College in Business Administration, Schmitt held several positions such as accounting, industry, and payroll.
She then returned to Carrot River and began working for herself.
“It was equine therapy at first, then I took an administrative position for organic certification, then I bought cows and started an organic beef business,” Schmitt said.
“I think it’s time for a Western voice. There have been a lot of controversial issues, or promises per se, that benefit the East and should benefit the West and this is not happening. So we are able to make our voice heard in all the changes that are being made to say hey yes, we will vote for that, but we need it for the west, ”she said.
If the voice is not heard, then the party will push for independence.
The federal election is September 20.