EDMONTON — Kelly McCauley, a 34-year veteran of the hotel business, won a seat in Parliament as the Conservative MP for Edmonton West during the recent federal election.
The decision to run for public office was a natural extension of the work he’d done, throughout his career, for charitable and non-profit organizations. “My mentors said to me, ‘it’s time to step up your level of public service,’ ” McCauley told CLN.
His efforts resulted in an impressive win, as he garnered almost 27,000 votes, more than the Liberal and NDP candidates combined. McCauley, a “lifelong Conservative since high school,” has lived in Edmonton with his family for the past six years, and will commute to Ottawa weekly once Parliament reconvenes.
Comprising stints at Coast Hotels, Delta, Westin and Hilton (among others) managing hotels across the country, and most recently a sales and marketing role with Paradise Inns and Thrifty Car Rental, his hospitality experience has ingrained in him a “culture of service — I’m there to help my constituents,” and instilled a pragmatic business sense that will help “bring a touch of private-sector reality to government.”
As an MP, McCauley also plans to “champion the amazing job-creation machine that is the hospitality industry,” which, he said, has been “woefully ignored” by Liberal and Conservative governments.