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Conservative MP Rob Anders rises in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Sept. 26, 2012.
Conservative MP Rob Anders rises in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Sept. 26, 2012.
(ADRIAN WYLD/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

CAMPBELL CLARK

Reform Party relic’s nomination feud points to parties’ problem of new blood

Rob Anders is only 41, but he’s kind of a rough relic in Calgary’s Conservative politics. He’s a walking-talking old-style Reform Party guy in a city that’s changed around him.

The veteran MP faces a challenge to keep his party’s nomination, again. You can guess that plenty of folks in the Conservative Party would be happy to see him ousted. His eruptions, from objecting to Nelson Mandela’s honorary Canadian citizenship to dismissing Canadian Forces veterans as NDP hacks, have caused embarrassment.