Thursday, August 10, 2006

Vote Out Anders...Part 82

This interesting message was sent my way:

The Calgary West Federal nomination date is Saturday September 2, 2006. If you wish to vote in the nomination you must be a resident of Calgary West and have a membership by THIS Friday August 11. Information regarding memberships can be found at or to directly purchase a membership go to

FYI So far to our knowledge UCCCA External Director and U of C Senator
Walter Wakula is running against Calgary West MP Rob Anders for the nomination.

So, at the very least, Anders is going to get a run for his money for the Calgary West nomination (although this won't be the first time he's been opposed). As for the challenger:

Walter Wakula holds a BComm, MBA (U of C);. He is managing director Wakula & Associates Inc. and has held senior financial management positions with Canadian and International petroleum, electrical utility and financial advisory companies.

All candidates have to be vetted by a in riding committee composed of members of anders board. The notice was given yesterday of the meeting being called (as far as everyone I know that knows this sort of thing, ie: cheif organizer of allison redford last time (anders challenger)).

By the rules memberships must be sold by friday. Only challenger so far is Walter Wakula recieved his MBA from the U of C in 1981, so he is substaintially older than Anders.

Quote from current riding association president:

"I want to save the biggest thanks for Walter Wakula, the outgoing president of our constituency association. For the past two years his leadership has steered us through the merger, a local nomination, a leadership campaign and an election. His ability to maintain calm, even during the most energetic debates, was critical to our success. Walter remains an active member of the board, so his knowledge and skills are still available when we really need them."
Andrew Constantinidis.
President, Calgary West EDA


  • In other Alberta news, it's reported at Blogging Tories that Conservative MP John Williams is retiring. I wonder if Harper will try to have a woman or a minority run in this safe seat.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 8:09 p.m.  

  • Absolutely disgusting - give two big days notice for selling memberships. Obviously the establishment wants Madman Rob to stick around. What a crock.

    It's enough to make someone quit the party.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 8:17 p.m.  

  • Please, Calgary West - please. It's your business, not mine, of course, and I don't want to tell you what to do about *your* MP, but I'd like to ask you to please, please consider replacing Rob Anders with this guy. For starters, his initials are timely, as in "World War", but also signal courage and beauty and truth via lasso, as in "Wonder Woman". Also, he's not Rob Anders. I would love to see Rob out of government.

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 8:52 p.m.  

  • Edmonton-St. Albert should have a fairly open nomination process given that there is no incumbent. Watch for candidacy announcements to start rolling out this weekend.

    By Blogger BR, at 8:59 p.m.  

  • All Liberals should support Rob Anders and hope he wins.
    Rob is worth 5 seats in for us in Toronto and we do not want to loose those.

    By Blogger Aristo, at 9:17 p.m.  

  • What makes you think that his replacement will be any better?

    I'm not saying you shouldn't try, heck, its probably best if he gets the boot. But what I'm saying is that don't get your hopes up.

    By Blogger Eric, at 9:49 p.m.  

  • Wishing for a strong intraparty opponent for Anders is just putting off the fight. What the Liberals need to do is put up a strong candidate in the riding - preferably one who is "unblemished" by previous political involvement, one who is a true Alberta and can relate to people in the riding. People don't want a bookish or egomaniac person for the job, but one who understands the average Albertan and who can think like one.

    If they manage to find such a candidate with the Alberta Common Touch, they'll have an extremely good chance of kicking out Anders in the next federal election (or any other Tory who might run for the riding).

    By Blogger George, at 10:48 p.m.  

  • werner, you must be on really good drugs to think a federal Liberal would win in Calgary.

    On the flip side, Bart, I will happily reimburse you the $10 to vote against Anders (I don't live in Calgary, or his riding, but would love to see him gone).

    By Blogger Candace, at 10:58 p.m.  

  • Speaking of Anders, whatever happened to that lawsuit by his former assistant?

    By Blogger Jeff, at 12:43 a.m.  

  • Rob Anders will win his nomination because he has been an excellent MP.

    Every election Calgary West re-elects Rob by a stronger margin.

    1997 - 51.79%
    2000 - 54.04%
    2004 - 55.90%
    2006 - 58.71%

    Obviously he is winning over converts and doing a good job.

    By Blogger t2, at 3:04 a.m.  

  • Every election Calgary West re-elects Rob by a stronger margin.

    No wonder then that the ROC perceives y'all as bigots and yahoos.

    By Blogger Omar, at 5:34 a.m.  

  • "I wonder if Harper will try to have a woman or a minority run in this safe seat."

    Here's an idea.. maybe he should have an open nomination process, and have the best candidate win.

    By Blogger Michael Fox, at 10:54 a.m.  

  • I think it would do the Conservatives a lot of good to try and "groom" some minority and female candidates. Although the Reform party had the most diverse caucus in the House, reaching out more won't hurt.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 11:47 a.m.  

  • Rob Anders and "excellent" go together like "Superman Returns" and "Best Screenplay".

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 11:52 a.m.  

  • matt; I'm pretty sure every Reform MP in Calgary increased their vote total in 2004 and 2006.

    2004 because of the merger, and 2006 because of he national campaign.

    Mr. Ed could win that riding for the Tories. It's as safe as seats get.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:33 p.m.  

  • BCer asked about the lawsuit :

    MP Rob Anders and his former office manager have apparently resolved their legal spat.

    An order dismissing the lawsuit filed by James Istvanffy and a countersuit by Anders has been granted by a Calgary judge, effectively ending the dispute.

    By Blogger pale, at 9:05 a.m.  

  • Good stuff, this is pretty neat!

    By Blogger Danté, at 1:55 a.m.  

  • Omar you ignorant sack of donkey crap.

    By Blogger Peter Rempel, at 10:18 p.m.  

  • Wow, did you come up with that all by your wittle self?

    By Blogger Omar, at 3:28 p.m.  

  • Hey, there's a lot of effective info here!

    By Anonymous, at 7:14 a.m.  

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