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Tuesday, October 24, 2006 

Tory MP Anders Nomination to Alberta Court of Appeals

A Calgary judge has rejected a request from lawyers for the federal Conservative Party to quash an attempt to overturn the nomination by 'acclamation' of Calgary West MP Rob Anders.

Mr. Anders was being challenged for the Conservative nomination in Calgary West when Party Leader, Stephen Harper intervened and Anders was confirmed as 'acclaimed'.

On Friday, Court of Queen's Bench Justice Alan Sulatycky refused to strike the whole matter.

The Court of Appeal will therefore hold a hearing on November 10th and will decide whether a review can take place as requested by eleven members of the Calgary West Conservative Party constituency association.

Globe and Mail
Tories want documents withheld

I'd love to know what those "damaging papers" have to say.

Having said that, I've never understood how Anders got re-elected in the first place (Getting elected I can understand, re-elected has always baffled me) - the man's an obvious dolt.

In any other major Canadian city, Anders would be correctly viewed as a pathetic, mean-spirited, dishonest right-wingnut, and would certainly not earn the trust of voters to be re-elected. But hey, this is Calgary, where unfortunately voters are incapable of electing anything but Conservatives (Reform, Alliance, take your pick). Even when he completely ignored voters in Calgary West last January (by refusing to attend any debates), he STILL got re-elected by a large margin.

This arrogant attitude towards his own constituents, along with his insulting remarks about Nelson Mandela and his opposition to all rights for gays (NOT just same-sex marriage) makes him one of the most loathsome Canadian MPs I can think of. And the controversy over his nomination process only makes me more angry. I only hope this court case will force Anders to step down and give him and Harper the negative publicity they deserve. Hey, we might even see the two Calgary newspapers stop fawning all over their beloved Conservatives, if even for a moment.

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