Rising Conservative Party of Canada star Leslyn Lewis will seek the Conservative nomination in Haldimand-Norfolk for the next federal election.
The Toronto lawyer recently ran for the party’s leadership, losing to Erin O’Toole.
Lewis said she feels a connection with people in rural communities.
“And I believe that I have a lot to add to the discourse on the fair treatment of rural ridings,” Lewis said in a phone interview.
“I knew that I was going to choose a rural riding because of the impact that I want to make, the voice that I want to add to Ottawa. I know that there are many MPs from rural ridings that are doing a great job, but I think that I can add to that.”
Lewis said she believes farmers are the “bedrock” of society, which is part of why she wants to represent Haldimand-Norfolk.
“I want people to acknowledge that without these farmers we would go hungry and that they are a very important part of the global supply chain,” she said. “I see that they have been undervalued.”