Craig Chandler, once booted from Alberta PCs for anti-gay letter, set to run for leadership

Craig Chandler. (EDMONTON SUN FILE)

Craig Chandler. (EDMONTON SUN FILE)

Matt Dykstra, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:49 PM ET

EDMONTON — Craig Chandler, who was booted from Alberta's Progressive Conservative party for his vocal anti-gay views, is poised to become the party's first leadership candidate.

Chandler — who's made several unsuccessful attempts to win a seat in both federal and provincial politics — announced on Facebook that he would be "making an important statement about his campaign and the leadership of the PCAA (Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta)” on Wednesday evening in Calgary.

In 2007, Chandler attracted intense controversy after a letter written by members of his Concern Christian Coalition surfaced, entitled: "Homosexual Agenda Wicked.”

It suggested gays were as immoral as pedophiles, drug dealers and pimps.

Due to the backlash, former premier Ed Stelmach and the party's executive committee voted not to endorse Chandler's PC nomination for Calgary-Egmont.

Stelmach said Chandler's nomination was "not in the best interests of the party.”

Chandler ran as an independent in the 2008 provincial election and lost.


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