Rob Anders cries foul in political fight of his life

Tory MP Rob Anders speaks at the Sun News Network office in Ottawa in this Oct. 15, 2012 file...

Tory MP Rob Anders speaks at the Sun News Network office in Ottawa in this Oct. 15, 2012 file photo. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI Agency)

David Akin, National Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 7:02 PM ET

OTTAWA - MP Rob Anders, the bluest of the blue in Stephen Harper's Conservative caucus, says federal Liberal infiltrators are trying to take over his riding association to accomplish through a nomination battle what they've failed to do in six general elections: Defeat him.

Anders is locked in what looks to be the political fight of his life to win the right to be the Conservative candidate in the new-for-2015 federal riding of Calgary Signal Hill.

He's facing off against Ron Liepert, who was a Progressive Conservative Alberta MLA from 2004 to 2012 for a riding that was part of Anders' federal riding. Liepert rose to be both a health and education minister.

In Calgary yesterday, Anders accused Liepert of playing dirty pool to win the federal nomination.

"My opponent has signed up people who will not vote for the federal Conservative Party and will not vote for Stephen Harper in the upcoming federal election," he said. "They are what we call temporary Tories.

"These are people who will support Justin Trudeau in the next federal election."

Anders said his team had found "hundreds" of Liberals on the list of members (and therefore voters) in the Conservative riding association and he named some.

Anders said the former chief of staff to the last federal Liberal cabinet minister from Alberta, Anne McLellan, is also a card-carrying Calgary Signal Hill Conservative.

He also singled out a local radio show host, Buzz Bishop, who blogged that he'd taken out a Conservative membership in Calgary Signal Hill just to bring down Anders and said if Liepert won, Liepert shouldn't count on his support a second time.

Anders also said Janice Kinch, who ran for Michael Ignatieff's Liberals in the 2011 general election in Calgary West against Anders, is now on the list of card-carrying Harper Conservatives in Calgary Signal Hill. Kinch told reporters in Calgary that Anders has the wrong Janice Kinch, that it is not her.

In any event, Anders promised to release new names of Liberals who are on the Conservative voters' list each day until the April 12 nomination vote.

"This is a classic red versus blue battle and the only time the reds have a chance is when they sign up fellow travellers and Liberals in this case," Anders said.


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