Conservative MP Rob Anders to seek nomination in rural Alberta riding he calls ‘a place with more trucks’
Fascism’s coming back to parliament folks! It just won’t die. I don’t know what the best part of this is: the dog-whistle racism about Naheed Nenshi, the open shelling for oil companies, or the glorious last sentence where “pro-life” and hunting are somehow correlated.
CALGARY — Rob Anders, the federal Conservative MP, refuses to say die.
Thursday, the true-blue “movement Conservative” said he planned to seek the nomination for the new Bow River constituency, a swath of prairie just east of Calgary.
In April, he lost the nomination battle for the recently re-distributed riding of Calgary Signal Hill.
Mr. Anders admits it was hard to be defeated by Ron Liepert, a former provincial finance minister. For a time, he even thought of leaving politics.
“I also considered third-party advocacy. I was approached by a couple of oil companies,” he said.
And he believes he will be a better fit in rural Bow River than in an urban Calgary that seems to be ever more accommodating to progressives.
“I really feel that [Bow River] is the Alberta I moved to in the 1980s,” he said.
“It’s a place with more trucks, and it certainly wouldn’t have elected someone like [Calgary mayor] Naheed Nenshi, or other liberals pretending to be Conservatives these days. I feel a real connection.”
Mr. Anders, who says he lives in Chestermere in his possible new riding, said he was approached by locals asking him to run.
“I find the people there are actually very sympathetic. They’re real Conservatives and you certainly feel that,” he said.
“There’s a strong pro-life movement going on in this riding, all sorts of hunting and shooting ranges.”