With the federal election now underway, Conservative candidate Cyara Bird is making her political debut four years earlier than expected. A life-long conservative, Bird says she was encouraged by Conservative MPs to run for public office when she was in Ottawa earlier this year.
Prior to her involvement in politics, Bird was a stay-at-home parent who currently resides in Little Black River First Nation with her husband and two daughters.
In 2013, she made the decision to run as a candidate in the 2023 federal election, but ultimately decided to run in this year’ election instead, as she felt the constituents needed her voice now.
For her platform, Bird says she wants to work on having better mental health and addictions resources up in the north, addressing crime and gang violence, and continuing mineral resource development.
A riding that typically elects either NDP or Liberal candidates, the last time the Churchill Keewatinook-Aski elected a Conservative MP was Cecil Smith in 1974.
She is running against the NDP’s Niki Ashton, Liberal Judy Klassen, the Green Party’s Ralph Mclean, and Kenneth Klyne from the People’s Party of Canada.