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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

craig chandler continued.

Craig Chandler officially announced his intentions to run for the Progressive Conservative nomination in Calgary-Egmont as five-term Tory MLA Denis Herard announced his retirement today.

Chandler recently wrote the bizarre and ridiculous webboard statement that if new Albertans "wish to live here, you must adapt to our rules and our voting patterns, or leave. Conservatism is our culture. Do not destroy what we have created.

Chandler's positions are somewhat confusing after you notice some pretty big contradictions between his campaign website and a media release sent out by his campaign today:

Media Release: "Some in our party have become complacent and think we have the natural right to govern because we are conservatives."

Website: "Craig Chandler is seeking the riding nomination for the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party. We all know that whoever wins the nomination will surely become your next MLA."

Yep, complacent.

I wonder if Ed Stelmach is starting to regret these best wishes...

Here is Chandler's media release as received by email (how many spelling errors can you spot?):


(Calgary) Craig Chandler, Executive Director of the Progressive Group for Independent Business (PGIB) and a well known name in conservative political circles is seeking to become the MLA for the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party in Calgary Egmont. Craig Chandler has taken a leave of abscence from the the Progressive Group for Independent Business (PGIB)

"I feel that we need a strong Alberta a government where we put Alberta first. Some in our party have become complacent and think we have the natural right to govern because we are conservatives. I feel we need to get back to looking at the whites of people eyes on their doorsteps and find out first hand what we are doing well and where we need to improve. I will show up at the door of my constituents at least once a year to find out first hand their concerns. I will be an effective and articulate voice for Calgary Egmont and Calgary as a whole" said Craig Chandler.

The Craig Chandler campaign has been campaigning for over 3 months and has submited a very substantial amount of memberships to the party. Several communities have already been doorknocked and the campaign is working full time with volunteer and paid staff. Craig Chandler has also managed to unite many on the conservative right behind him. Link Byfield of the Wildrose Party has endorsed Craig Chandler. David Crutcher who received 1,657 votes for the Alberta Alliance in Calgary Egmont has joined the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party and is now serving as their President in Calgary Egmont.

"We are taking nothing for granted. We are working very hard and know that it takes a substantial amount of memberships and money to win the nomination. We will always be campaigning like we are 30 votes behind" said Harley Shouldice, Campaign Manager / Whip for the Craig Chandler Campaign.

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For More Information contact Harley Shouldice or Craig Chandler at 203-3456
It also looks like Chandler's PGIB group is going to start hijacking Progressive Conservative nomination meeting through


Anonymous said...

Chandler has a campaign whip? A WHIP?

BlastFurnace said...

Just to follow up on my comments from a couple posts back. I don't think Craig is a bad person necessarily. I haven't seen him for about a decade but I did like the guy on a personal level and if I ever ran across him again I'd probably say hi and offer to buy him a brewski.

But if he's reading this, I'd like to remind him that just because you sign up a member doesn't mean they'll vote for you come nomination or convention time. Last time I checked, it's still a secret ballot. And as for the dream of a declawed or eliminated opposition -- um, does any remember the Alberta Eugenics Act?

Anonymous said...

If you watch Chandler's website vide, he talks about putting Alberta's democratic house in order.

That is what he is talking about.

Anonymous said...

It's a New Vision for the Progressive Conservatives!

Anonymous said...

This is great... if there's one final nail for Ed's coffin, it has to be running candidates like this in what has become a very modern urban city. Calgarians will line up in droves to ensure this kind of person is not elected. Just look at Ted Morton's numbers inside Calgary...

Leny Vilekoskytch said...

"adapt to our rules and our voting patterns"

He probably just means that immigrants should only vote on election days...imagine the chaos if people starting voting all willy-nilly.

Anonymous said...


Registrant Name
The Progressive Group for Independant Business Inc.

Administrative Contact Name
Jim Blake

Anonymous said...

This is Ted Morton trying to do to the provincial Progressive Conservative Party what Harper and McKay did to the federal party.

Chandler is just a shill for the disenchanged federal Reformers who are trying screw up Alberta like they have Canada

Anonymous said...

Chandler should not be underestimated in the least.

It is tough to get 10,000 votes in Hamilton for the Reform Party in their first election in that area.

People are more ope to his views here.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Calgarians will line up in droves to ensure this kind of person is not elected. Just look at Ted Morton's numbers inside Calgary...

Actually, Morton finished a strong second to Dinning in most Calgary ridings.