Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ron Liepert Defeats Rob Anders in Calgary Signal Hill

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ron Liepert Defeats Rob Anders in Calgary Signal Hill

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Ron Liepert defeats Rob Anders in Calgary Signal Hill

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CALGARY - The self-proclaimed "poster boy" for blue Conservatives went down to defeat Saturday night at the hands of a former Alberta cabinet minister.

Ron Liepert defeated MP Rob Anders in the battle for the Conservative nomination in the rejigged riding of Calgary Signal Hill.

Liepert, who is 64 and a former member of the Alberta legislature, 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.

"When we started this campaign about three months ago what we wanted to do was reengage Conservatives and get ready for the 2015 election," Liepert told reporters after his win.

"I'd heard far too long in this riding that people felt they didn't have an opportunity to select the candidate they wanted to vote for if they wanted to vote Conservative," he added.

"We achieved our goal. We achieved it with a very comfortable majority and I think now we move on and we move forward. …

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