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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

march of the chandleristas.

Guess who's coming to dinner and bringing his friends...

Craig Chandler tells The Canadian Press that he will still run in Calgary-Egmont, while several of his supporters will run in other ridings as a protest against him being ousted.
Dan has a great post about Paul Jackson's credibility stemming from the Chandler Affair...

Also, as a supporter of democracy and freedom, this lovely email found its way into my email inbox yesterday... wow...
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Blackfoot Inn, 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE Calgary, Alberta
Cost: $120 per plate if you act now!
Call 203-3456 to book your seat(s)… seating is limited!

Dear Supporters of Democracy & Freedom,

As you know Craig Chandler won the nomination for the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party on November 17th in a fair and open election. Craig won with an overwhelming margin; the combined total of the other candidates was not even close. On November 20 th, the PC Association of Alberta (PCAA) informed Craig that his nomination would be reviewed by Premier Ed Stelmach, and the (unelected) executive of the PCAA.

On Saturday December 1st , Democracy was Denied, as Premier Stelmach and the PCAA executive decided to ignore the democratic process and give Craig Chandler the boot. What Premier Stelmach has done is a blatant attack on democracy, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion.

It seems that many Albertans are quite disturbed by all of this.

* CTV Calgary conducted a poll and released the numbers on December 4, 2007. The poll question was: " Should the Tory party pay for Craig Chandler's campaign expenses?" A majority of voters said YES.

* The Calgary Herald conducted a poll and released the numbers on December 6, 2007. The poll question was: " Did the Premier do the right thing in rejecting Craig Chandler as a Tory Candidate? " An overwhelming majority (85.6%) said NO.

Our office has been inundated with phone calls and the support from all across Canada has been massive for Craig Chandler, and the media attention has been intense.

Craig has been interviewed by CBC TV, CTV, City TV, Miracle Channel, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, Edmonton Journal, FFWD, Calgary Sun, Calgary Herald, 660 News, QR77, CBC Radio, Metro News, No Apologies Radio, Freedom Radio, Globe & Mail, WMBI Radio (Chicago Illinois) and many other newspapers and radio stations across Canada. Craig will be writing his side of the situation in several guest columns in Calgary, Edmonton and nationally in the days to come.

The Alberta Progressive Conservative Party in one decision has managed to fracture conservative voters and instigated a mass exodus of voters to the Alberta Alliance Party, the Wildrose Party and even the Alberta Liberals. Social conservatives have been clearly told that there is no home for them in the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party and those who believe in democracy have been shown that the wishes of the people are irrelevant. Ed Stelmach is clearly out of touch with Albertans.

If you care about freedom of speech, freedom of religion and democracy, then you need to attend the Democracy Denied Dinner on Thursday, January 31, 2008. This is not just about Craig Chandler, but is about what we want Alberta to be. Come and meet members and candidates from the Alberta Alliance, the Wildrose Party, Independents and many from the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party who are organizing to insure that Ed Stelmach is not supported in his next leadership review.

What: Democracy Denied Dinner
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2008
Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (Wine & Cheese) - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (Dinner)
Where: Black Foot Inn, 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary, Alberta
Cost For WIne & Cheese: $60 per person
Cost For Dinner: $120 per person before December 20th and $160 after
Cost For Entire Evening: $160 per person

Many of you have called our office to ask what happened and why democracy has been denied. Aside from Ed Stelmach being a weak leader, the Alberta Progressive Conservative party has become anti-family and intolerant to people of faith.

Here is the short version of what transpired on the Saturday, December 1, the day Democracy Died in Alberta .

After a 2 and 1/2 hour grill session discussing everything from residency, what property Craig owns, what companies he owns, to his faith, the 45 members of the PCAA Executive and the Premier turned their attacks to a letter written by Steve Boissoin that was initially printed in the Red Deer Advocate in 2002, and the Human Rights complaints (Provincial and Federal) that followed publication of this letter.

In relation to the Alberta Human Rights Commission complaint filed by Darren Lund, it was made clear to the party that Craig did not write the letter and the ruling from the Alberta Human Rights Commission placed responsibility with Rev. Stephen Boissoin and Concerned Christians Canada Inc (CCC), not Craig Chandler. Craig was the CEO of the CCC at the time the letter was printed, but left the organization and sold 100% of his shares in the group two years ago. There is no basis in legal precedence to link Craig to this decision; it is merely convenient for the PCAA and the media to do so.

The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) decision illustrates that the media and others do not fully understand the process of a settlement in the mediation stage of the Commission. In the mediation stage, the complainant and the respondents have an opportunity to sit down face to face and come to a mutual understanding. Craig, representing the Freedom Radio Network (FRN) and the Concerned Christians Canada Inc (CCC), sat down and came to some agreements. The CHRC merely enforces what is agreed to by the participants. Agreements at this stage are made on the condition that no guilt or innocence is assigned to anyone and this is one of the process's most paramount principles.

Although, Craig represented the CCC and the FRN in these negotiations and agreements, the reason this complaint arose is not because of comments that originated with Craig . Craig merely wrote the apology as a former and current executive of the organizations. He was not the author of these comments. The CHRC complaint by Rob Wells almost entirely related to the letter written by Rev. Stephen Boissoin entitled "Homosexual Agenda Wicked" which was printed in the Red Deer Advocate. Stephen Boissoin was also a guest on the FRN, discussed this letter and the letter was posted on the FRN website. This letter made the national news across Canada and inasmuch as the FRN is a news talk radio program, it was important to have the letter posted as reference material.

Nowhere in the settlement can you find any comments attributed to Craig that are anti-gay. In fact gay guests have participated on two shows with no adverse publicity. You can not find one thing taken in its full context in the complaint where anti-gay statements are attributed to Craig.

Despite Craig being tarred and feathered for something he never wrote, it is important to note that freedom of the press, freedom of speech and freedom of religion are under attack relating to the letter itself and this should concern all people, not just people of faith.

Also it is a sad day when a democratically elected candidate is removed. It just clarifies that the PCAA is a top down party that cares not for what the people want.

When Craig ran for the party he felt it had become complacent and arrogant and he thought we could fight for changes from within, we were wrong.

Craig compared the PCAA to a house that had a strong foundation, a lot of character, located in a good neighbourhood, and merely needed a few renovations. However, as we have seen the foundations of the party are rotten and are structurally unsound and the house needs to be demolished and re-built.

If you care about freedom and you care about democracy, you will be at this dinner. If you are concerned about the massive shift to the left of the PCAA under the back-room rule of Ed Stelmach, then you need to vote for another party at election time. We used to be concerned about vote splitting with the PCAA, but now they have revealed to all that there is no difference between the Ed Stelmach Progressives and the Kevin Taft Liberals. As we said in the Reform Party days… "Liberal, Tory same old story".

Sincerely,
Harley Shouldice
Campaign Manager
Committee To Elect Craig Chandler
P: 203-3456
www.craigchandler.ca

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why are you posting this garbage Dave? You clearly love this Craig Chandler junk because you think it puts Ed Stelmach in a no-win situation, however that's not the case at all.

Ed Stelmach did the right thing here. Ed ensured that a seriously derelict human being, one Mr. Chandler, be prevented from reaching a post that he should not hold.

Congratulations to Premier Stelmach on a job well done.

Anonymous said...

Chandler is crazy. Ed Stelmach did the right thing in dumping him as a candidate but I don't think anyone thought he would go away. He can probably cause as much damage being an independent as he could as a PC candidate.

Bob McInnis said...

I agree with both anons Dave. Stop trying to make hay on this issue. Chandler and the Chandlers of Alberta will find a way to get you and Grit to publicize them somehow. Stelmach made the right decision. I doubt seriously that there is any exodus happening as a result and the Ab Libs look foolish trying to score points.

Anonymous said...

Go Craig!

James L. said...

"Stop making hay"???

Where do you think you are? This is a blog about Alberta politics. It is laughable to the extreme that you guys ask Dave to ignore the Chandler fiasco.

Ken Chapman said...

Dave - you got invited and I didn't? I am cut to the quick ;~}

daveberta said...

I guess you're just not a strong enough supporter of democracy and freedom, Ken.

Idealistic Pragmatist said...

Please keep "making hay!" I'm finding this hilarious.

Matt Grant said...

Apparently conservatives don't like it when we point out internal divisions within their political parties - especially with an election looming.

Simpath-o-meter is registering a big -5 on this one.

Anonymous said...

matt,

With respect to "internal divisions"

It is much more difficult to divide a smaller number... that being the Alberta Liberal support base.

We could go on about the fractured support for the Alberta Liberals, why no Decore Liberals appear to be helping out Taft, etc., but what would be the point? Very few care, and less will care once Brian Mason becomes Leader of the Official Opposition.

Anonymous said...

As for Craig Chandler, an "invitation" such as this, merely provides evidence for his one true skill... that of inflating his own influence.

If anyone cares to do the research, take a look at the PGIB writings done when Chandler ran for the Federal PC leadership. It is a yarn/saga worthy of Beowulf.

Note: For those not in the know, PGIB is basically Craig's promotion agency.

CfSR said...

Very few care, and less will care once Brian Mason becomes Leader of the Official Opposition.

It seems that anonymous is predicting that the Tories will finish third in the next election.

Please pass me whatever she's smoking.

yoman said...

"As for Craig Chandler, an "invitation" such as this, merely provides evidence for his one true skill... that of inflating his own influence."

And yet he won a clear majority against Jono Denis and Rick Smith in the Egmont nomination.

PG said...

Where does this leave David Crutcher? Last I heard he was planning on running for the PC nomination himself in Egmont. Will he be too busy catering Chandler's dinner (where I assume everything on the menu will be chosen for its bitterness) or will he be one of Craig's mighty six fighting for truth, justice, etc?


Craig Chandler - the gift that keeps giving

Craig Chandler's Mom (not really) said...

I can't wait to see the shenanigans that Craig Chandler gets up to in the upcoming election.

Will Chandler run for the Alliance? Will he run for the leadership of the newly registered Wildrose Party? Will he join the Alberta Socreds under their new and charismatic leader Len Skowronski?

Stay tuned...

Anonymous said...

Go Craig!

Glen said...

The biggest laugh would be if Chanderlista turned nomination candidate David Crutcher wins the nomination by an even bigger margin than Chandler did.

Then what Ed? Is it that you truly don't tolerate intolerance or is Chandler just to much of a liability. Maybe if you asked Paul Jackson to write an article Crutcher things would look up...

PG said...

Was slumming again at Project Alberta. Looks like Chandler is at it again:

Craig B. Chandler
Power Poster


Joined: 08 Sep 2005
Posts: 597
Location: Calgary

PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 9:36 pm Post subject: Urgent - I need your help with info! Reply with quote

Folks,

I need as much Info on the PC's as possible such as the following:

1 - How much money lost due to Royalty Review? (please provide names and links)

2 - Any info on candidates

3 - Any other info that is good for ammo in the election
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