10/26/2013 12:48 EDT | Updated 12/26/2013 05:12 EST

Wildrose Tightens Candidate Selection Rules


RED DEER, Alta. - Alberta's Wildrose party, scorched in the last election by two candidates' anti-gay and racist statements, is passing new rules to tighten up its candidate selection process.

William McBeath, the party's director of political operations, unveiled the changes for delegates at the party's annual general meeting in Red Deer.

There will be search committees in each riding to find suitable candidates.

Nominees will fill out extensive questionnaires on past actions and statements, and will have those statements checked by committees with the help of sitting MLAs.

Any nominee who holds back information will be disqualified.

The changes will be finalized in the coming months, with nominations beginning in the middle of next year and finished by the middle of 2015.

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