YORKTON - MELVILLE - Denise Loucks has been chosen as the first ever candidate for the Maverick Party in Yorkton-Melville.
The Maverick Party, a new West-only federal party, will be running candidates in a number of ridings this election across the provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.
Loucks has lived in the Yorkton-Melville riding all of her life. She grew up in Ebenezer then lived in Yorkton, before moving to Canora Beach three years ago. Loucks and her husband, Dale, have been married for 32 years, and have two sons they are extremely proud of–one is in geo-science and the other is on a career track with CN Rail.
After over 24 years working in the family business in the road construction industry, Loucks decided it was time to let other family members take over her job. Although like many family-run businesses, there was little time for Loucks and her husband to relax and enjoy time with family and to pursue other business interests, she still found time to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Festival of Trees, and the Gas Line Committee.
When asked about her reason for becoming a candidate for the party, Loucks said, “I am running because I'm not happy with the way the federal government treats the west and our provincial governments. There is a divisive disconnect which I feel needs to end. We need a stronger West to build a better future.”
Loucks, like many Western Canadians, believes there must be change if the West can achieve a brighter future for generations to come. She believes Western Canada has been taken advantage of by Central Canada and that we have paid more than our share for the betterment of other provinces, while Western Canada continues to struggle. With the Maverick Party, Loucks states that Western constituents will have real representation in parliament to ensure that our Western way of life continues to thrive.