Seeking the Conservative nomination in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
A TRUSTED VOICE
Alex Ruff is a proud Canadian and a trusted, proven leader dedicated to serving his community and country. He won the federal Conservative nomination on Monday, April 22nd, 2019 and became the Conservative candidate for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound (BGOS). Subsequently, on October 21st, 2019 at the conclusion of the federal election, he was elected to the 43rd Parliament as the Member of Parliament (MP) for BGOS. He served on the Veterans Affairs Committee from 2019-20 until being appointed as the Opposition Deputy Whip in September 2020. He grew up on a farm just outside Tara and is no stranger to the unique issues facing a rural riding. He attended Chesley District High School (CDHS) and spent his summers farming and lifeguarding at the Tara Pool.
With multiple postings across Canada, he has developed a huge appreciation for the vast diversity and challenges that face everyday Canadians. Alex has always maintained his deep connections to the local community through his involvement with the Tara Legion and local community events. He frequently speaks to schools across the region, attends local Remembrance Day events and has even opened the Desboro Fall Fair.
In 1997, Alex graduated from Royal Military College with an Honours Bachelors of Space Science degree, and subsequently went on to command troops as an infantry officer in The Royal Canadian Regiment. He has extensive experience with six operational deployments including the 1998 ice storm in Eastern Ontario and Quebec, two in Bosnia, two in Afghanistan and most recently in Iraq. From his 2007 combat deployment to Afghanistan, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General due to his "outstanding leadership...in defeating a determined enemy."
His final military posting was in Baghdad, Iraq, as a key leader in the international efforts to defeat ISIS terrorists in the region before he returned home in January 2019 to run for federal politics.
Alex believes that politicians represent the people who elected them, first and foremost. He is honoured to continue his deep commitment to serve as the Member of Parliament in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound where he is putting his energy, experience and passion to work ensuring the constituents of this incredible riding are represented in Ottawa.
EXPERIENCE AND COMMITMENT
SERVICE BEFORE SELF
Lieutenant Colonel Alex Ruff Introduced to NB Legislature by MLA Brian Macdonald
Seeking the Conservative nomination in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound (BGOS)
Economy/Deficit Control/Carbon Tax
Any concerns of the constituents of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound are concerns for Alex
"Canadians don’t know what a gift they get in people like Alex Ruff serving them so quietly and effectively, with true courage and incredible values. Alex is a great leader who cares about his people first and foremost with the tenacity and drive to ensure the mission is always accomplished. A proven combat leader."
- Gen (retired) Rick Hillier, former Chief of Defence Staff
April 23, 2019
By Rob Gowan, published on: April 23, 2019 | Last Updated: April 28, 2019 7:06 PM EDT
Retired Canadian Army Col. Alex Ruff is looking forward to a new mission as the federal Conservative candidate in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.
Ruff was declared the winner over four other candidates after the third ballot of a vote by more than 1,700 party members at East Ridge Community School on Monday...
Owen Sound, The Sun Times
January 18, 2019
Tara native and retired Colonel Alex Ruff seeks the Conservative nomination in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
October 4, 2017
Lecture to Carleton University: "How the Canadian Armed Forces conducts operations"
LEARNING IN RETIREMENT. The Canadian Profession of Arms: Peacekeepers or Warriors? How the CAF conducts military missions...
Alex Ruff, Lecture, Carleton University