Rick Bonnett attended high school in Creston, BC and graduated in 1984. He played junior hockey in British Columbia before returning home to Ponoka in 1986 to work for his family's feedlot business.
Mr. Bonnett continues to be active on the family-owned farm, being primarily responsible for animal health and production.
He and his wife Cindy are involved in the community. He serves on various boards and Cindy is active in the Kinette and Figure Skating Clubs.
He believes the time is right for the Liberals to make a significant breakthrough in rural Alberta under Paul Martin. Mr. Bonnett knows first hand the crippling effect BSE has had on the cattle industry and has seen a significant shift in attitude since Prime Minister Martin took office. This change in direction represents an important first step in alleviating the feeling of alienation that has been evident in Western Canada for many
Mr. Bonnett has an in-depth, first-hand knowledge of the issues facing rural areas. This, coupled with his positive energy and strong family values, lends credibility to his candidacy in the Wetaskiwin constituency.
Mr. Bonnet married Cindy in 1991. They live on the family farm with their two daughters, Paige and Brooke, aged nine and seven.