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
"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
Aug 19, 2021
Ruff, Conservatives Call On Liberal Ministers To Focus Efforts On Afghan Crisis
Claire McCormack Publishing date: Aug 19, 2021
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Conservative candidate Alex Ruff is among a group of campaigning Tories urging some top Liberal ministers to set aside their re-election efforts to focus on helping Afghans flee their country.
Owen Sound, Bayshore Broadcasting
Aug 18, 2021
Ruff says people caught in Afghanistan need more help to get out
Scott Dunn Publishing date: Aug 18, 2021
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Conservative candidate Alex Ruff said Wednesday the biggest problem with Canada’s response in Afghanistan now is that people can’t reach Canadian officials to learn how they can be rescued.
Owen Sound, The Sun Times
Aug 15, 2021
Ruff ready to campaign as local Liberals, NDP prepare to name candidates
Denis Langlois Publishing date: Aug 15, 2021
Door-knocking and candidate selections will soon begin in Grey-Bruce ridings now that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has triggered a federal election for Sept. 20.
With the country in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic’s fourth wave, Trudeau visited and received approval from Gov. Gen. Mary Simon Sunday morning at Rideau Hall to dissolve Parliament, marking the start of a 36-day election campaign.
Owen Sound, The Sun Times