Tim Atchison, owner of Atchy’s Saloon in Lintlaw, has announced his candidacy for the Progressive Conservative Party nomination in the Kelvington-Wadena Constituency. The provincial election is April 4 and Atchison hopes to be in the running.
Atchison worked in his father’s trucking company at The Pas, Man., and quickly learned how small business operated, eventually opening and expanding his own. He saw how the rules and regulations often hindered more than helped the small-business owner. This is one area he would like to focus upon, helping small businesses survive and grow.
From a young age Atchison has been involved in community life, from the rodeo circuit to the agricultural societies that keep rural living and its issues close to his heart. In 2008 he moved to Saskatchewan and the following year he settled in Lintlaw, where he has taken an active role in the village. Atchison promotes events such as the annual car show-and-shine and the road hockey tournaments.
He believes that small manufacturing could, with help from government grants, keep struggling rural communities together. He also has a passion for family farms, and sees ways where they might be able to diversify into more profitable businesses. This requires feet on the ground, a representative who will not forget his constituents once he has left for the bright lights of the legislature.
Atchison says that he is a “regular guy” who would like to see the government working for the people and “not the other way around.”
In April, an expected 800,000 voters will vote in 61 constituencies, an increase from the 58 constituencies that existed in 2011 for the 27th general election. If Tim Atchison has his way, his name will be on the local ballot form.
By Andy Labdon