Stephen Fuhr, 44, has made his intention clear: He wants to be the Liberal candidate in Kelowna-Lake Country.
The 44-year-old retired fighter pilot formally announced Friday, April 11, he is pursuing the nomination to become the federal Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Kelowna-Lake Country.
Fuhr said he’s tired of the way the Harper Cons are running the country, and is assembling his nomination team for a run at the Liberal candidacy in the Central Okanagan riding.
“Eight years at the helm has left the Harper government institutionally arrogant,” said Fuhr, who retired from the Canadian Air Force with the rank of Major. “There is a fundamental lack of transparency and little to no accountability. Issues like the Senate scandal and the Fair Elections Act are just a few examples of a party that has lost touch with Canadians.”
Fuhr is bringing more than 20 years of military experience to the riding; he’s also an accomplished business leader who served as Vice President-Director of Business Development and CEO with his family’s satellite communications company.
After retiring from the Air Force in 2009, Fuhr relocated to the Central Okanagan to join SkyTrac Systems. He led his team and the company to financial success during a challenging economic climate.
“Of the many things I learned while running the company was the importance of local businesses’ access to, and relationship with, federal government departments,” Fuhr said. “This relationship wasn’t always easy, and it required creative solutions to ensure we could conduct business and compete in a global marketplace. Although my background is aviation, these relationships apply across a large number of businesses in the Okanagan Valley. I completely understand that.”
In 2012, Fuhr left the company to pursue his first love of flying and currently works as a pilot.
Fuhr has his sights set on the 2015 federal election to become MP for Kelowna-Lake Country.
“We did not get the government many of us voted for,” he said. “The time has come for Canadians to demonstrate they can punish poor performance as they have done in the past. It’s good for our democracy. The federal Liberals are assembling a team with the interests of Canadians at the forefront. A team that will deliver the performance-based, transparent and accountable government we deserve.
“I’m ready to serve again.”