Joe Anglin not allowed to seek PC nomination
Allowing former Wildrose MLA to run is 'not in the best interest' of the party, says nomination committee
Former Wildrose MLA Joe Anglin will not be allowed to run for the PC nomination in the Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre riding.
The decision was announced Thursday in a statement released by the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta (PCAA).
The statement says a constitutional amendment passed at the party's 2014 annual general meeting only approves candidates “if it is in the best interest of the PCAA.”
“Following a series of face-to-face meetings yesterday between members of the PCAA nomination committee and the three candidates for the PC nomination,... the committee determined that allowing Mr. Joe Anglin to run for the nomination is not in the best interest of the PCAA,” the statement reads.
The two other candidates were approved to run for the nomination and will be listed on the ballot.
Anglin resigned from the Wildrose caucus in November, opting instead to sit as an independent. At the time, he said the party had been distracted from its original mission by internal fighting between "ideologues and pragmatists."
There were reports he was going to be kicked out over secretly audio-taping caucus discussions, among other concerns. Anglin has denied that, and the Wildrose caucus has not shown any proof to back up its claim.
In January, he announced he would seek the Tory nomination.
Anglin said he made the decision to join the PC party based partly on Premier Jim Prentice’s stated commitment to protecting landowner rights.
The PC nomination vote will be held on Feb. 21.