Green Party candidate's campaign launches with transit focus

Chris Turner, a local writer who helped found a civic engagement group in Calgary, officially announced his Green Party nomination for the Calgary Centre byelection today.

Chris Turner formally announces his candidacy for Calgary Centre byelection

Chris Turner officially announced his candidacy for the Green Party in Calgary Centre Thursday at a C-Train platform. (Courtesy Green Party)

Chris Turner, a local writer who helped found a civic engagement group in Calgary, officially announced his Green Party nomination for the Calgary Centre byelection Thursday.

Turner says as part of his election platform, he'll unveil a federal Green Party commitment to pursue a national transit strategy.

In 2009, Turner co-founded CivicCamp — a civic engagement organization in the city.

Local hip hop artist Transit performed a few songs for the crowd.

Joan Crockatt, a former managing editor of the Calgary Herald, is the Conservative Party's candidate for the upcoming byelection.