Harper backs Rob Anders in tough Calgary nomination battle

Conservative Member of Parliament Rob Anders speaks in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in...

Conservative Member of Parliament Rob Anders speaks in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

David Akin, National Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 4:22 PM ET

OTTAWA -- In a rare move, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has endorsed one of his MPs facing a tough nomination challenge in a Calgary riding.

Harper is backing Rob Anders, who has won six elections in 16 years but now faces a tough fight to earn the right to run as a Conservative in the 2015 general election. Contender Ron Liepert is a former Alberta cabinet minister who, until 2012, represented the same riding in the provincial legislature that Anders represents in Ottawa.

Both men now seek to represent the new riding of Calgary Signal Hill.

Anders released a statement Monday, quoting Harper: "Rob Anders has been a strong voice in our caucus and Conservative government as well as a valued member of our team. The road to 2015 is one that needs strong, stable leadership and I've been able to count on Rob to get real results for his riding and our country."


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