Current Medicine Hat federal MP LaVar Payne says he isn’t backing anyone who is seeking the Conservative nomination in the newly-drawn Medicine Hat riding, but he will not endorse Jim Hillyer.


Hillyer, who is the current MP for the Lethbridge constituency, and former Medicine Hat Conservative Association president Dan Hein have both announced their intentions to seek the nomination.


“The nomination hasn’t been opened, so they’ve just declared. So there could be others who may want to declare, and in that case I’m not going to announce anybody I’m backing.


“But I have no problem saying that I won’t be endorsing Jim (Hillyer) just because of the fact that I know he hasn’t served his own riding, and I don’t want that to happen here,” Payne says.


“I know that he has not serviced his riding very well. I’ve had people from Lethbridge, Cardston area and Warner area talk to me about the whole thing, so I certainly won’t be endorsing Jim.”


Payne announced he would retire prior to the 2015 federal election. There is no set date for when the Conservative Party will select their candidate for that election.