Calgary MP Rob Anders apologized for suggesting current NDP leader Thomas Mulcair helped kill his predecessor Jack Layton but Calgarians weren’t letting him off the hook that easily.
The response to the remarks by embattled Calgary MP, who happens to be no stranger to controversy and foot-in-mouth disease, was swift.
Others lamented the fact that as Calgary, and Alberta as a whole, start shedding their ‘red neck’ stereotypes, Anders again managed to turn back the clock and cement the anti-progressive brand that Alberta has long been saddled with.
The anger permeated Twitter, comments boards and Facebook.
Ray King posted on The Huffington Post Alberta Facebook page: "Rob Anders, quite possibly one if the most mentally and socially handicapped people to ever be elected as an MP in Canadian history. Way to go Calgary!"
Dave Drabiuk added, "I have suddenly lost all respect for 57.4% of the voters in Calgary West; Rob Anders sure makes the good ones have to work that much harder to get the collective paint off."
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Anders periodically comes under fire for what many consider his ultra-right wing beliefs and for speaking out of turn.
No stranger to leaving Canadians gasping, Anders is probably most famous for calling Nelson Mandela a Communist and a terrorist and was the only Parliamentary to have voted against making the South African human rights leader and former president an honourary Canadian in 2001.
Most recently, Anders was booted out off a veterans committee this spring after he called committee members NDP "hacks" who praised Vladimir Putin, after they claimed publicly that Anders fell asleep during committee presentations. The members he attacked are Canadian Forces members who volunteer their own time and money to help homeless veterans.
He has also been at the centre of several public squabbles with his own riding association – Calgary West – after the group tried to nominate other candidates to represent the riding. In 2010, 24 of the 32-member riding board quit over the dispute.
An online initiative to vote Anders out has met with little success.
Some of Anders' more notorious verbal bombs:
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/04/rob-anders-transgender-bill-c270_n_1939007.html?ref=topbar" target="_hplink">Anders faced harsh criticism after posting a petition on his website opposing what he calls the "bathroom bill."</a> The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/04/rob-anders-transgender-bathroom_n_1941280.html" target="_hplink">legislation in question would would give the transgender people greater protection under human rights law</a>, but Anders' position expressed fears that it will allow transgender men to use women's washrooms, which could put children at risk. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/04/rob-anders-transgender-washrooms-bathrooms_n_1939364.html" target="_hplink">Twitter users in particular were outraged by Anders' stance</a>.
Mulcair 'Hastened' Layton's Death
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/01/rob-anders-layton-mulcair_n_1928965.html" target="_hplink">Anders was denounced by politicians and pundits after he suggested in an interview that NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair helped to "hasten" Jack Layton's death</a>. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/01/rob-anders-apology-jack-layton_n_1929537.html" target="_hplink">Anders apologized soon after</a>, but his contrition has not stopped many from calling for his resignation.
War Of 1812 And 'Islamic Terrorism'
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/13/rob-anders-newsletter-1812-terrorism_n_1880913.html?utm_hp_ref=rob-anders" target="_hplink">Anders was denounced by the Canadian Islamic Conference</a> after <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/10/rob-anders-newsletter-1812-islamic-terror-war_n_1872170.html?utm_hp_ref=rob-anders" target="_hplink">sending out a newsletter to constituents which compared the War of 182 to the fight against "Islamic terrorism."</a>
Attacks Tony Clement And Own Party
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/07/13/rob-anders-tony-clement-norman-bethune_n_1671147.html" target="_hplink">Anders lashed out on Sun News at Tony Clement and his own party after the Treasury Board President paid tribute to Norman Bethune</a>, a Canadian doctor who has become a hero in China but who was also a card-carrying communist.
Premier Alison Redford
During the 2003 Calgary West riding nomination, in which he was up against now Alberta Premier Alison Redford, Anders said he had the win in the bag, unless Calgary lawyer Redford, "got some magic support base of people who like feminist lawyers."
Calgary West Riding Association
Rob Anders has been embroiled in at least two party nomination fights, in which his riding association and others running for Anders’ seat have claimed the party has ‘stacked the odds’ in favour of the incumbent, while also refusing to disclose the reasons why other Tories wanting to run for the seat have been unable to do so. In 2010, 24 of the 32-member riding board quit over one of those disputes.
Rob Anders was booted off a veterans committee this spring. Anders called committee members NDP "hacks" who praised Vladimir Putin after they claimed publicly the Calgary MP fell asleep during committee presentations. The members he attacked are Canadian Forces members who volunteer their own time and money to help.
Asleep in the Commons
Nov 17, 2012. Anders is famously caught on TV sleeping and head-bobbing during House of Commons question period. The video goes viral.
Probably his most infamous moment - Rob Anders calls Nelson Mandela a Communist and a terrorist and is the only Parliamentarian to vote against making the South African human rights leader and former president an honourary Canadian in 2001.
'Pull The Trigger'
In 2010, in a card supporting Canadian troops, Anders wrote: "When in doubt, pull the trigger." The Department of National Defence distanced itself from the remarks.
"All I can say on citizenship at birth is that Australia requires at least one parent to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident for the child to qualify. It is something we should consider as well." On preventing children in Canada from having automatic citizenship.
In 2001, then Veterans' Affairs Minister John McCallum famously refers to Anders as being politically "... to the right of Atilla the Hun." in 2001.