Right side won in 'battle for the soul' of Conservatives

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The Conservative Party of Canada has made a lot of stupid decisions lately.

On Saturday, its membership made one very good one in shutting Calgary MP Rob Anders out of a nomination for the new Calgary Signal Hill riding.

Anders, who proudly declared himself the “poster boy” for blue Conservatives in March, was no stranger to controversy.

In 2001, he was the only parliamentarian to stand against declaring Nelson Mandela an honourary Canadian, denouncing him as a terrorist and Communist in his opposition.

In 2010, he advised Canadian troops in Afghanistan in a card of support, “When in doubt, pull the trigger.”

In 2012, Anders was removed from the Veterans Affairs Committee for his tendency to doze off in and arrive late to meetings.

Anders denied the allegations and called two war veterans who were among the complainants “NDP hacks” and supporters of Vladimir Putin.

In October of the same year, he made controversial statements about NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, contending he “hastened the death” of the party’s former leader, Jack Layton.

Further, he called Bill C279 — which sought to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and hate crime section of the Criminal Code to include gender identity and expression — a “bathroom bill” designed to enable transgendered men to enter womens’ washrooms.

To say Anders was a harshly partisan man with many misguided notions would be an understatement.

Though he wasn’t the candidate Conservative MP Jason Kenney supported, former Alberta finance minister Ron Liepert won the nomination and could only possibly be an improvement over the alternative.

Anders characterized the battle with Liepert for the nomination as a “battle for the soul of the party.”

Thankfully, the right side won.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by its editorial staff.

Organizations: Veterans Affairs Committee

Geographic location: Afghanistan, Alberta

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