Kerry Lambert is the Independence Party of Alberta's MLA candidate for Chestermere Strathmore in the upcoming provincial election.
Lambert has experience in several fields and businesses, including forming a multimedia company and school, working for the military designing computer-based simulation software, and running a jukebox and arcade games entertainment company, among other fields. However, the most influential business regarding Lambert's young political career was one that couldn't get off the ground, as he and his business partner tried opening a bar right as the pandemic hit.
Feeling that the government's approach to lockdowns and mask mandates at the time wasn't right, Lambert took inspiration from Whistle Stop Cafe owner Christopher Scott and fought against the mandates.
"Even prior to the pandemic there was always this feeling that something was not quite right with the world. And then when the pandemic hit, I think it really opened our eyes as to the failings of government and policies and things have not been right," he said.
Lambert's interaction with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Calgary Police Officers during this time ignited the fire that would lead to his pursuit of politics, as he said he wants to be the change he wants to see, which embodies his campaign slogan of "nothing changes if nothing changes."
Believing the two biggest parties, the UCP and NDP in Alberta are corrupt, he wants to reach out to those who may be suffering from voter apathy to say there's a third option in the Independence Party of Alberta.
"Voter apathy is a big thing that I've come to realize in the last little bit. There are people that just have refused to vote this year, even though this is probably the most important election that we're looking at. They believe that their vote is not going to matter and I've been trying to argue the fact that there is more than just two parties and the whole splitting the vote thing doesn't work universally."
As for what changes Lambert would want to bring, one of his big points was separating Alberta from Canada and the "tyrannical federal government." Beyond separating from Canada and the federal government, Lambert also pointed toward decentralizing provincial government institutions like healthcare and education to return to smaller community lifestyles.
"I want to do as much as I possibly can to educate Albertans that this is not the way to go, we need to get back to fundamental roots. There's a lot of things that I don't like about the education system... the government wants to indoctrinate our children on certain things."
As for what those fundamental roots are, Lambert said this means returning to religious values, among other things.
"I think that would be beneficial going forward and I think that would definitely have a solid foundation. You can't build a house unless you have a good foundation and we've seemed to have lost that foundation," he said in regard to religion.
Lambert said he himself is Christian, but his focus on religion isn't just about Christianity. He said no matter what faith you practice he would like to see each community member bring their faith into their daily life, as he feels this has been lost.
Lambert added he and the Independence Party of Alberta are involved with the Alberta Prosperity Project (APP), saying many of their beliefs are aligned. The APP's vision on their website says "for the prosperity, individual freedoms and rights of all Albertans to be protected by a new ‘Constitution of Alberta’ that recognizes the Supremacy of God as foundational to Civil Society and the Rule of Law."
The election will take place on May 29, with advance voting occurring from May 23-27.
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