Pearson a ‘new voice’ for M.D. council

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Craig Pearson is hoping both he and his uncle Brad Pearson are elected to M.D. of Lesser Slave River council on Oct. 18. He thinks the combination of youth and experience would be a good thing on the new council.

“New voices are good,” says the 34-year-old. “But we need someone who knows the process.”

Craig admits he doesn’t know a lot about how council works, but he does know his community.

“I’m a fourth generation Canyon Creek resident,” he says. “I’m passionate about it. I want to make it a good place to live – a good place to come to with your family. I think I can offer some insight and opinions to make it even better.”

Pearson says he’s been talking to people in all the parts of the electoral ward he’s running in. (Ward II includes the South Shore communities, Poplar Lane/Mitsue, Marten Beach, Old Town, etc.). One thing he’s hearing about is the onerous process in getting developments approved. He’d like to see it streamlined.

“That’s why people move to the M.D.,” he says. “So they can put up a shop, or have a horse or a cow.” The rules, “seem to be pretty stringent. Hopefully I can make a little bit of a difference.”

He’ll have to get elected first, and he’s working on that. Pearson says he initially intended to knock on doors, but with one thing and another, he’s decided not to do that. Instead, he’s phoning people and introducing himself that way. Otherwise, he has a social media presence.

“I’m going to do a Facebook live video, telling everybody who I am and what it’s about.”

Pearson grew up in Canyon Creek, went to school in Slave Lake and got his heavy duty mechanic ticket. However, he owns a couple of logging trucks and that’s how he makes his living these days. Married to Allison, he is the father of two boys – the oldest is playing hockey in the city this year.

Craig Pearson

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