As an MP in Ottawa, he supported a private member's bill that attempted to restrict a women's right to choose. A decade ago, as a newly elected MP, he voted against same-sex marriage. In the decade he has been an MP in Ottawa, he has not moved past his backbench status, freeing him to build a coalition for an eventual leadership run.
Rob Anders represents an independent spirit in Canadian democracy that's under attack from all sides these days, from reactionary journalists who seek to turn any controversial opinion into a career-killing "gaffe," to so-called parliamentary reformers like Michael Chong who want to make it easier for party elites to veto the political ambitions of the unconventional or unorthodox. Rob Anders' successful, 17-year career personifies a sharp rebuke to the forces of conformity and hegemony. Anyone who values free thought and dissent within this country's stagnant political culture should find common cause in his plight.
I gather from all the media hype that Canadians are supposed to be waiting with bated breath and pounding heart for the "Second Coming" i.e. Justin Trudeau's non-announcement this week that he will enter the Liberal Party's leadership race. I say non-announcement as I don't know anyone who pays attention to politics who actually thought Trudeau would sit this one out.