Stirling Resident Jennifer Sloan declared her Independent Run for Federal Office in Hastings-Lennox and Addington today.
Sloan is the wife of controversial MP Derek Sloan, the incumbent MP for the riding who was ousted from the Conservative caucus in Jan. 2021. On Aug. 23, 2021, Derek Sloan officially announced he would run as an independent in the riding of Banff-Airdrie, Alberta.
In a press release, Jennifer Sloan explained that she was running as an independent, “because instead of going along with the business-as-usual attitude in Ottawa that has placed Canada’s best interests behind so many other agendas, I will fight against those selling us out. There are many other important issues to discuss this campaign, and I look forward to hearing from citizens about what matters to them the most.”
Jennifer Sloan also stated, “I will always stand up and speak out on behalf of constituents and all Canadians who believe their votes elect Members of Parliament to go to Ottawa to make a real difference — as opposed to whatever the ‘party line’ might be.”
In July, Derek Sloan attempted to form his own political party, but in a letter to supporters on Monday, Aug. 23, he explained that “Unfortunately, I did not receive approval from Elections Canada in time for this election, leaving me with the option of running as an Independent. But don’t think for a moment that hope is lost.”
Jennifer Sloan’s website explains that she was “born and raised in Toronto” and has, lived just outside of Belleville for the last four years. She currently works independently as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) and holds a Master’s of Nursing and Bachelor’s degrees in nursing and retail management.
In a letter to voters on her website, which she titled “The Real Bio,” Jennifer Sloan said that the second most asked question of her is, “’How come Derek is running out in Alberta?’ The answer to this is really simple. Derek has a lot of support around the country, but definitely in our riding (Hastings-Lennox & Addington) and Alberta. Albertans know Derek and they don’t know me, so that’s why he is running in Alberta, and I am running here.”
She calls this a “national movement that Derek and I are a part of” and refers to their combined “strong vision for our country” claiming “a lot of our freedoms that we have previously enjoyed have quickly been slipping away over the last two years and we need to recapture them and hold the line to ensure further erosion of our civil liberties does not occur.” And “Frankly,” she continues, “we need to have as many MPs in Canada right now fighting for their constituents as possible.”
Jennifer Sloan will be added to the ballot alongside Liberal candidate Mike Bossio, Conservative candidate Shelby Kramp-Neuman, and People’s Party of Canada candidate James Babcock.