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Rathgeber's riding association 'disappointed' over decision to quit

It seems that newly Independent MP Brent Rathgeber's abrupt, if self-initiated departure from the Conservative caucus is not going over well with his local riding association.

Earlier today, the Edmonton-St. Albert Conservative Association put out a statement expressing disappointment at both the decision, and the "lack of consultation" with their members, as well as their "full support for the policies of the Conservative Party of Canada ... and the party's leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper."

They also want the party to hold a "nomination event" as soon as possible once the current riding redistribution plans are finalized, so they can choose a candidate "in anticipation of successfully running that candidate for election in the next general election," although it sounds like they'd be happy to do it earlier if Rathgeber "determines that it is the will of his constituents" that he step down.

The full statement:

The Edmonton-St. Albert Conservative Association ("EDA") was not consulted by Mr.
Rathgeber respecting his decision to resign as a member of the Conservative Party
caucus and is disappointed with both Mr. Rathgeber's decision and the lack of
consultation.

The EDA expresses its full support for the policies of the Conservative Party of Canada
and its full support for the party's leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The EDA requests that the Conservative Party of Canada, upon completion of
redistribution of federal electoral districts, take immediate steps thereafter to cause a
nomination event to occur in the newly formed riding of St. Albert Edmonton to enable
the new EDA to nominate a candidate in anticipation of successfully running that
candidate for election in the next general election anticipated to be called in 2015.

Should Mr. Rathgeber resign his seat after determining that it is the will of his
constituents that he resign to run as an independent in a by-election, then the EDA will
be fully prepared to contest that election for the Conservative Party of Canada. 

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