01/16/2014 09:41 EST | Updated 03/18/2014 05:59 EDT

Ron Liepert confirms challenge to Rob Anders

Former Alberta cabinet minister Ron Liepert has confirmed he will challenge MP Rob Anders for the Conservative nomination in the new riding of Calgary-Signal Hill.

Liepert is part of a group of Conservatives in Calgary who launched the website timetodobetter.ca to gauge support for the idea of a challenge to the incumbent. 

In a statement on his website, Liepert says he has been overwhelmed by the positive response to the initiative and he says putting his name forward for the nomination is the logical next step.

The statement also pledges Liepert's loyalty to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. 

"The prime minister has successfully led our country through some of the most challenging economic times with fiscal policies that have kept Canada’s economy strong," writes Liepert. 

"He has guided the country with moderate social policies that have been accepted by the majority of Canadians."

Anders has held the riding of Calgary West for 17 years. Under the new electoral map to be used in the next federal election in 2015, the riding boundaries will change and the name of the riding will also change to Calgary-Signal Hill.

Anders has faced challengers from within his own party in the past and he is dismissive of the current efforts.

No date has been set for the nomination meeting.