Steen family politics

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

Alex Steen is listed as a centre and shoots left, but don't be surprised if he now leans to the right where his politics are concerned.

Steen's father, Thomas, a Swedish-born star for the Winnipeg Jets, now is a star candidate for the Conservatives in that city's Elmwood-Transcona riding for next month's federal election.

"I'm not surprised, he has talked about doing something such as this before," the Winnipeg-born Alex Steen said yesterday. "He got his Canadian citizenship last year and he felt at home doing this."

Thomas Steen, 48, resigned his scouting position with the Phoenix Coyotes to run.

"It's good for him, but I know he has probably never done (public speaking) before to more than three people in his life," Alex said with a laugh. "We didn't really talk politics growing up, just hockey, but I'm definitely more interested in it now."

Thomas Steen made the announcement a few days ago in Winnipeg, joined by Treasury Board President Vic Toews and other Tory MPs.

"It's a great opportunity to do something meaningful with the rest of my life," the elder Steen told the Winnipeg Sun. "I had to try it to see what it is."

Steen and others will be trying to win back a staunch NDP seat, held by Bill Blaikie, who won the first of nine elections back in 1979 but is not seeking re-election on Oct. 14.


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