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Conservative MP unseated

Ron Liepert has defeated Rob Anders, the self-proclaimed “poster boy” for blue Conservatives, in the battle for the Conservative nomination in the rejigged riding of Calgary Signal Hill, Alberta.

Liepert, who is 64 and a former member of the Alberta legislature, thought he had left public service in 2012 but found himself on the ground floor in January with a group seeking to remove Anders as MP.

Anders, who is no stranger to controversy, had painted the nomination fight as a battle between blue and red Conservatives.

First elected as a Reform MP in Calgary West in 1997, Anders accused Liepert of signing up what he called “Instant Tories” from Liberal and NDP supporters in a bid to unseat him.

Liepert accused Anders of focusing his entire campaign on attacking him personally while saying nothing about his record as an MP for the past 17 years.

The Canadian Press

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