Contest for Rob Anders' job triggers Tory infighting


mentalfloss
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At least it's not inbreeding..

Contest for Rob Anders' job triggers Tory infighting

A tussle between Tories is brewing in Calgary where a group is preparing to challenge Conservative backbench MP Rob Anders for the nomination in his riding for the next federal election in 2015.

In an interview airing Tuesday on CBC News Network's Power & Politics, Anders told host Evan Solomon "these people are Red Tories who are going to recruit Liberals and New Democrats because they know they don't have enough numbers in and of themselves."

Anders has been elected to represent the riding of Calgary West since 1997.

But David McKenzie, a Calgary lawyer who is part of the group challenging Anders, said the constituents are "disappointed" and "fed up" with their MP, even "embarrassed" by him.

During that same interview, McKenzie told Solomon "unfortunately, when Mr. Anders finds himself in the media it's generally not for good reason."

"Mr. Anders has had a hard time staying awake in the House of Commons, staying awake in committee meetings and I think his stance with respect to Nelson Mandela going back a number of years… doesn't jive with the views of Conservatives in Calgary West," McKenzie said.

Anders blamed a past car accident for falling asleep inside the House of Commons and apologized to veterans after they criticized him for falling asleep during a veterans affairs committee meeting.

The Conservative backbencher was the only MP opposed to giving Mandela honorary Canadian citizenship in 2001.


Contest for Rob Anders' job triggers Tory infighting
 
Goober
Free Thinker
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Conservatives in that riding have tried for years to get rid of Anders.
 
Machjo
#3
why is Anders so concerned? What would be stopping him from running as an independent candidate? Why is it so important to have a party name sitting under his name?
 
Goober
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by MachjoView Post

why is Anders so concerned? What would be stopping him from running as an independent candidate? Why is it so important to have a party name sitting under his name?

He has a few Senior Rabbi's
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

He has a few Senior Rabbi's

????
 
Goober
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by MachjoView Post

????

A phrase that XXX has a YYY in high place looking after them.
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

A phrase that XXX has a YYY in high place looking after them.

i see. So if he runs in his own, he has no Rabbis, so to have any chance of winning an election, he needs a party to back him up.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by MachjoView Post

i see. So if he runs in his own, he has no Rabbis, so to have any chance of winning an election, he needs a party to back him up.

Mostly, unless he is popular in the community independent of any party. Kind of rare.
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Mostly, unless he is popular in the community independent of any party. Kind of rare.

That's why winning under a party banner seems to suggest a weak canddiate. One would think a really good candidate can win without a party backing him up.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by MachjoView Post

That's why winning under a party banner seems to suggest a weak canddiate. One would think a really good candidate can win without a party backing him up.

That is not how our system was designed to operate. To get anything done really requires a group effort.
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

That is not how our system was designed to operate. To get anything done really requires a group effort.

but the group does not necessarily need to be an organized party.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by MachjoView Post

but the group does not necessarily need to be an organized party.

True but there is strength in numbers and having a set policy that everyone in the group agrees to is a de facto party. If there were 300+ independents to get a bill passed with even a simple majority would involve endless deal making. SO in order to get your bill passed you would probably have to support 150 other bills that you may not agree with. It happens as well with our current system but works a lot faster.
 

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