Dethroned MP Rob Anders sets sights on new riding

Rob Anders. (Edward Dawson/QMI Agency)

Rob Anders. (Edward Dawson/QMI Agency)

, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

Dethroned Calgary MP Rob Anders is setting his sights on federal political office again.

This time, it’s to seek the Tory nomination in the newly-created riding of Bow River, which runs east and south of Calgary.

On Friday, the often controversial Anders wouldn’t return calls but he’s recently said the riding’s a more comfortable fit than Calgary with its rural traditional social values, guns and pickup trucks.

Another candidate for the nomination, Brooks Mayor Martin Shields, said those kinds of comments are silly and don’t reflect the area’s evolving realities.

“Brooks is the most ethnically-diverse city in Alberta, it isn’t what it was 10 years ago and neither is Chestermere,” he said.

“Is it new for Rob Anders to say something inappropriate? He’s done that for 17 years.”

Anders was bounced from his post in the Calgary Signal Hill riding by former provincial cabinet minister Ron Liepert in a nomination contest last April.

He was known for angering supporters of the late South African president Nelson Mandela, veterans and the transgendered.


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