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SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - A Summerside man best known for giving away money to random people at Christmas time has announced his intention to seek the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in Egmont.
Logan McLellan announced Wednesday he would be making his first attempt at federal politics. The next federal election is scheduled for Oct. 19 of this year.
“Egmont is where I was born and raised, and I have always tried to be community-minded. Building on past experience, I think I have the skills to help the people of Egmont. I am in a position to take issues that are important to the residents of western P.E.I., and bring them to parliament in an effective way.
“My job is to understand what needs to be addressed, and what is the highest priority for the constituents, at all times. I want to hear from Conservatives and residents of all political stripes in western P.E.I.”
McLellan works in the financial industry as an adviser. He is currently an entrepreneur in that field. He has used social media extensively to help build his clientele. He and his business partners have gone viral on various platforms by giving away cash to people they meet on the street, often around Summerside, and sharing the videos of the reactions.
McLellan acknowledged he is a newcomer to the political scene, but said if he is elected he will work hard on behalf of his community.
“I will not pretend to be a politician, I am here to be a direct point of contact for Egmont on a national level. I will do this job with the highest degree of professionalism, with no excuses and/or fabricated answers to questions. I will be in touch with the community and responsive to concerns. I am here for the people of Egmont, and together I know that we as a community can come together and create the change and opportunity that is needed.”
The federal seat of Egmont is currently held by Liberal MP Bobby Morrissey, who defeated Conservative cabinet minister Gail Shea. Shea held the seat from 2008 to 2015. Prior to that the riding had been in Liberal hands since 1980.
The party has not yet set a local nomination meeting date.