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A man who wants to run for the Alberta Progressive Conservatives says newcomers to the province must "adapt to our rules and voting patterns" or go back to where they came from.

Craig Chandler, who wants to represent the Calgary riding of Calgary Egmont, says people who have moved to Alberta have told him during his doorknocking campaign that they intend to vote Liberal.

Mr. Chandler says the Conservative culture is what created the boom in Alberta and if people don't like it, they should leave.

"You came to here to enjoy our economy, our natural beauty and more," Mr. Chandler wrote in a recent blog.

"This is our home and if you wish to live here, you must adapt to our rules and our voting patterns or leave. Conservatism is our culture. Do not destroy what we have created."

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach said Wednesday that Mr. Chandler does not speak for the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta.

"This province has welcomed newcomers and we will continue to welcome newcomers."

David Taras, a political science professor at the University of Calgary, said in the last provincial election, most Alberta voters did not vote for the Tories.

"So when you tell the majority of Albertans to take a hike, they may be the ones to tell you to take a political hike."

Mr. Chandler said he's not referring just to the Conservative party, it's about the culture of conservatism.

"So if you don't agree with the Conservative philosophy of not spending and not getting into debt and not racking up your credit cards and not taking out your line to oblivion for the government's sake, then you can go," he said.

Alberta Conservatives will meet in October to pick the candidate for the riding.

Mr. Chandler moved to Alberta from Ontario and ran as a Reform Party candidate in the riding of Hamilton Mountain in 1993.