Strange race for Calgary Signal Hill lands Rob Anders in hot water

CALGARY- The federal Conservative party says a controversial Calgary MP went too far in the race to grab a seat in the new riding of Calgary Signal Hill, by making robocalls.

Rob Anders has the support of Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the nomination, but his campaign still made calls last week that gave the impression they were from his opponent, Ron Liepert.

The National Candidate Selection Committee has since sent Anders a letter saying in part:

“The NCSC has concluded that the script used by your campaign was inappropriate and misleading and should not have been used.”

However, Anders maintains he did nothing wrong.

“First off, what we said is we said we were phoning on behalf of the Conservatives of Calgary Signal Hill, which is absolutely true,” he says. “And then, we were asking whether or not they support myself or support Ron Liepert. That is standard procedure.”

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Anders adds that so-called “temporary Tories” are hijacking the nomination process by purchasing party memberships so they can vote. He claims the group includes high profile Liberals.

Calgary Signal Hill is a new federal riding. The nomination vote is scheduled for April 12.


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