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George Canyon won number-one spot in the hearts of many country music fans not long after coming in a close second in the Nashville Star contest some years back. He’s now aiming for another win, this time on the political level.

Canyon – originally from Pictou County – has made the announcement that he’ll seek the nomination for the federal Conservatives in the riding of Bow River in Alberta.

The decision to give politics a try might come as a surprise to some, although the political leaning toward the Conservatives shouldn’t. Canyon has shown support for the party before on both the provincial and federal levels here in his home stomping grounds. As Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, he’s attended events in Pictou County with Central Nova MP Peter MacKay, who was defence minister before moving to justice.

If Canyon does win his nomination – and we along with his friends and fans wish him the best – it won’t be a first for musicians in the Commons. He’ll join people like Charlie Angus and Andrew Cash of the NDP, both purveyors of punk- and folk-influenced styles – making for a, shall we say, interesting political-musical symmetry facing across the floor of the House.

In making his announcement, Canyon, a resident of High River, Alta., spoke about the torrential floods last June that caused so much damage. He said what he witnessed of people in an area pulling together to deal with such a disaster prompted him to think about what he could do for community.

Wanting to serve community and see it prosper is the sort of inspiration we hope to see when people join politics. Party preferences aside, many in this area will be rooting for him.

And by the way, to fans, Canyon has said he would continue his musical career if his bid to serve is successful, so no worries there.

It never hurts to bring a bit of star power to the political arena. If it helps to get a few more people paying attention to issues, so much the better.

Organizations: Conservatives, Canadian Air Cadets, NDP

Geographic location: Pictou County, Bow River, Alberta High River

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