Pat Kelly – Conservative Party of Canada
Stephanie Kot – New Democratic Party
Nirmala Naidoo – Liberal Party of Canada
Catriona Wright – Green Party of Canada
A resident of northwest Calgary for 31 years, Pat Kelly defines politics as “a process of listening to voters, obtaining the best information, and making the best decisions possible for a better Canada.” Kelly graduated from the University of Calgary in 1994 with a degree in political science, and since then has worked as a mortgage broker in the city. Kelly has worked alongside Tory MP Diane Ablonczy, former MP in the Nose Hill riding, and has a long history of volunteering with the Conservative party. Kelly’s main political goals are to deliver a strong economy, low taxes and safe communities. He currently lives in the Ranchlands neighborhood with his wife of 23 years and their three daughters.
Facebook: Pat Kelly
Phone: 587 582 9613
Stephanie Kot was raised in Calgary and attended the University of Calgary before earning her master’s degree in public and international affairs at York University. She makes a return to Calgary after working with the federal government in Ottawa as a policy analyst for the Department of Employment and Social Development, where gained experience in the impact of federal economic decisions. Kot says that if “we invest in young Canadians today, it will help Canada in the long run. We are proposing a plan that will help youth get off to a good start in their career. We will restore the federal government’s role in making post-secondary education affordable and accessible.”
Facebook: Stephanie Kot for Calgary Rocky Ridge
Phone: none listed
Voters might be familiar with Nirmala Naidoo from her extensive experience as a television news anchor and reporter with Global Calgary, CBC News and CTV’s W-5. Her experience as a journalist has given her the opportunity to work overseas in England to cover the first outbreak of the Gulf War. Aside from journalism, Naidoo also has experience working in the oil and gas industry. She says politics “has a lot of different contexts and meanings depending on what you are referring to. It’s about finding balance, and to find a way to do what is best for the individual and a larger group.” Naidoo was born in South Africa and her family came to Canada when she was two years old, living in Didsbury. Naidoo made Calgary her home in 1994, and is a mother of two sons.
Facebook: Nirmala Naidoo for Calgary Rocky Ridge
Phone: 403 804 8590
Catriona Wright says politics “is supposed to be the political system which one uses in order to coordinate and represent services which represent the people in varying degrees.” She wants to bridge the gap between those who support environmental reform and those who fear such reform would be disastrous to Alberta’s resource economy. Through her work as a sales consultant for Norwex Enviro Products, she informs people about the toxins found in everyday products and how to live without them in their homes. When she is not working to bring environmental issues into the spotlight, she prefers to work on her skills as an artist and avid dancer.
Facebook: Vote Catriona Wright
Phone: 1 866 868 3447
Calgary Rocky Ridge at a glance
Calgary Rocky Ridge is a newer riding, created in 2012 and absorbing communities in the former Calgary Nose Hill and Calgary West ridings, including Sage Hill, Tuscany, Royal Oak, Evanston, S Silver Springs and Hawkwood. There are just over 84,000 eligible voters in the riding, according to Elections Canada. Based on the National Household Survey released in 2011, the average income of residents in the Rocky Ridge riding in 2010 was about $61, 093.
The riding is well known for its great views of the mountains and the wetlands throughout the area. Since many of the communities within this district have been built within the past few years, there are numerous construction projects in motion.The City of Calgary is working on building an approximately 284, 000 sq. ft. recreation facility, anticipated to be open to residents by 2017. There are also plans to open a new public library.
Map courtesy of elections.ca
Correction: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story indicated Liberal candidate Nirmala Naidoo had covered the Cold War. Naidoo covered the first outbreak of the Gulf War. The Calgary Journal apologizes for this error.