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Kelly Christie has been an active member of the Green Party of Canada since early 2008. He has lived in the riding of Calgary Heritage for twenty-five years; and has run in two previous Federal elections, one in 2008 and the other in 2011, placing third and fourth respectively. Mr. Christie noticed a lack of Federal representation within the riding, which prompted him to step forward and run to ensure residents' voices are heard in Ottawa.
Kelly has owned, operated, and worked in a variety of professional occupations, and is currently self employed as a construction supervisor and consultant. He has supervised major projects in the Calgary area including the high density, green friendly "London at Heritage" condo development. Mr. Christie was an assembly line worker, warehouseman, and purchasing agent prior to entering the construction industry. Growing up he was a member of the Cub Scouts of Canada, the Y.M.C.A. and was involved in baseball, basketball, volleyball, judo, and hockey.
Kelly holds memberships in the Canadian Cannabis Coalition, NORML Canada and is a civilian member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. He believes in ending the prohibition of cannabis, and can foresee many economic benefits for the country including farming, pulp and paper, textiles, power generation, and especially medicinal products. Additionally, legalization will help reduce the current burden on law enforcement agencies and our court system that is caused by charging people for petty drugs offences.
Mr. Christie was born in Winnipeg, MB, and has lived in Regina, SK, and Oakfield, NS prior to settling in Calgary during the late 1970's. Since the Federal election in 2008, Mr. Christie has travelled from coast to coast speaking with Canadians and listening to their concerns.
Presently, Kelly has just finished acting in his first feature film “Mutant World”, which premiered at the Calgary International Film Festival in 2014, and has recently enjoyed volunteering his time to assist film students at SAIT by performing in the short film "How to Beat a Bully".
Kelly enjoys acting, fishing, hunting, photography, and is an avid Calgary Flames fan.