The Shotgun Blog
Monday, May 04, 2009
Rob Anders will not face nomination challenge in Calgary West
Western Standard General Manager Kalim Kassam reported recently on the attempt by lawyer Donna Kennedy-Glans to force a nomination race in the riding of Calgary West against incumbent Conservative MP Rob Anders.
Kassam reported that Kennedy-Glans was successful in electing a full slate of directors to the riding's constituency association who were loyal to her agenda. Today, however, the Calgary Herald is reporting that she failed to convince enough rank-and-file party members to vote in favour of a nomination contest.
According to the Herald:
An official with the Conservative Party of Canada told the Herald Saturday that none of its incumbent MPs faced enough votes to trigger a nomination contest in any riding, including Calgary West.
Anders is an outspoken fiscal conservative and an asset to the Conservative caucus.
Posted by Matthew Johnston
And common sense loses yet again. Shame. Tragedy. Farce. Welcome to Canada.
Posted by: Werner Patels | 2009-05-04 11:24:56 AM
What do you mean, Werner?
What does common sense dictate here?
Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-05-04 11:48:58 AM
Not voting for Rob Anders. It just makes sense.
Posted by: Matt | 2009-05-04 3:51:05 PM
Why is that, Matt? I'm trying to understand the hostility toward Anders among Conservatives in his riding? Does it exist and, if so, why?
Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-05-04 4:15:38 PM
Let me help you out with Anders image in his own riding. I lived and worked in Anders riding a number of years. Most of the people I met there, and there were many, have a low opinion of him.
Why? well having spoken to him myself I can relate to their reasoning. He is a very smooth political talker who manages to never answer a question directly. (Typical politician really) I have spoken to people in his riding who flat out called him an idiot. For the most part he is recognized as an inneffective back bencher who does what he is told to do by "the party". Oddly people have an expectation of some actual representation and don't feel that Anders provides this. He's just another blue suit and not a very attractive one. But! he is protected by the "blue" party as an asset because he is (like many) just one more MP who will tow the line and do as he's told. Perhaps he suffers more because people in his riding actually pay attention, I don't know. I do believe what keeps getting him elected is the "blue" suit. Mind you a monkey wearing the blue could get elected in Calgary. Personally I think every MP ought to enjoy the same scrutiny.
Posted by: JC | 2009-05-05 6:52:34 AM
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