The Conservative candidate of record for the Strathcona electoral district is Len Thom. Len was the Conservative Party of Canada candidate for Edmonton Strathcona in the 2015 federal election. Born in Edmonton and raised in the Fulton Place neighbourhood, he has spent most of his life in Edmonton Strathcona. Len graduated from McNally High School and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta.
Public service has been an interest for Len since he was very young. The first political campaign he worked on was as an eleven year old. He rode his bicycle to campaign for Bill Yurko in Edmonton Gold Bar and helped elect the first Progressive Conservative government under Peter Lougheed. Len recalls that “Premier Lougheed was and is my strongest political influence. He was a conservative who was dynamic, progressive and inclusive.” At age 17 the Lougheed cabinet appointed Len to the board of the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, where he served for ten years. “AADAC taught me the practical realities of how government worked and showed me the potential for public service to be a positive force in the lives of people.”
For the last 22 years Len has practised law after obtaining a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan, the alma mater of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. His law office is in a converted house in the heart of Old Strathcona where his practise focuses on family law, real estate and administrative law. “My job as a lawyer is to represent people and if elected, that part will be the same. I think being a lawyer has been good training to be an advocate for people who find dealing with government to be challenging.” Part of Len’s practise has been to help establish recycling boards for tires, bottles and used oil products. “It’s not the glamorous side of environmental law, but it was good to make a contribution to a cleaner environment in a tangible way.”
Len is the former President of the Edmonton Gold Bar Progressive Conservative Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Edmonton Strathcona Conservative Electoral District Association.
Len lives in Edmonton Strathcona with his wife, Barb Flowers. Barb and her dog Vegas are an elite level agility team who have competed for Canada at the world championships four times. They won a first place team ribbon in 2013 and a bronze medal in 2014. They will represent Canada at the World Agility Open Championships in England in May, 2016.