03/27/2014 12:49 EDT | Updated 05/27/2014 05:59 EDT

MP Rob Anders says 'temporary Tories' highjacking nomination battle

Conservative MP Rob Anders has a list of people he accuses of being "temporary Tories" intent on blocking his bid to win his party’s nomination in the riding of Calgary Signal Hill.

The six-term backbencher is being challenged for the nomination by former Alberta cabinet minister Ron Liepert.

At a news conference on Thursday Anders revealed the first three names on his list — former federal Liberal candidate and nursing professor Janice Kinch, radio personality Buzz Bishop and Greg Schmidt, former president of the Energy Council of Canada. 

Anders characterized his battle with Liepert as a struggle for the soul of the Conservative Party. He said the political process is being hijacked by people who are purchasing Conservative memberships just so that they can cast a vote in support of his challenger.

Anders said he will reveal other names on his list every day until nomination voting day, April 12.

On Wednesday the MP said he was pursuing legal action against Liepert for claiming Anders’ campaign workers were making impersonating phone calls, purporting to be on Liepert’s behalf.