04/13/2014 12:09 EDT | Updated 04/13/2014 12:59 EDT

Ron Liepert Beats Rob Anders For Calgary Signal Hill Nomination


Longtime Conservative MP Rob Anders has lost the party nomination for the riding of Calgary Signal Hill riding to former Alberta finance minister Ron Liepert, the Calgary Herald reports.

Anders had represented the riding of Calgary West as an MP since 1997. Liepert will now represent the Tories in the 2015 federal election.

Anders is known for his strong social conservative views and has gained attention for his sometimes inflammatory statements. For example, he opposed granting honorary citizenship to Nelson Mandela, branding the South African leader a communist and a terrorist.

Liepert, who is 64, thought he had left public service in 2012 but found himself on the ground floor in January with a group seeking to remove Anders as MP.

With files from The Canadian Press

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