He's hoping to move from Mayor to Member of Parliament.
Daniel Buck of Caronport recently tossed his hat in the ring to run in the nomination race for the Conservative Party candidacy for the Cypress Hills-Grasslands riding.
"It was something that I was invited to look at, I did not seek it out, a couple of people approached me and asked if I would consider it. With my skill set, they thought I would be a good candidate. As I evaluated it, it's stepping away from my responsibilities, I love my community and the people around, but I think this is an opportunity to serve more people on larger issues," explained Buck.
He noted there's a long list of issues he'd like to look into and tackle if elected to represent the vast riding.
"Obviously one of them is the carbon tax, I think that is a complete disadvantage to our economy in Saskatchewan and south-west Saskatchewan, hurting large corporations with resources and small businesses and farmers so definitely working on that. Free trade, making sure that our farmers and our businesses have good avenues to sell, trade and buy products. The pipeline, of course, the energy sector is significant in this area and all of southern Saskatchewan and we need to build pipelines and resources to get those to world markets, not just tied to the U.S... Beyond that we have a lot of social issues, we have to think about how we relate to our neighbours (as in) neighbouring provinces, aboriginal affairs indigenous peoples in Saskatchewan need some assistance and thought of how to continue to govern themselves and work within our society. Those are some significant issues for me," said Mayor Buck.
He noted that choosing the Conservative Party was easy for him as he believes in many of the same values.
"It fits within my philosophy, it encourages people to work hard and to come together to build a preferred future. I think we want to empower people to do what they want to do, municipalities and provinces to lead in their area, and not the governance in Ottawa telling everybody what they have to do."
The Cypress Hills-Grasslands riding covers a large area in the south portion of the province which is just outside of Moose Jaw starting at the Boharm grid in the RM of Caron, continues to the U.S. border, out to the Alberta border and north to the community of Kindersley.