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Alberta MLA Rob Anderson Says Security Boosted after Getting Death Threat

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta MLA Rob Anderson Says Security Boosted after Getting Death Threat

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Security boosted after Anderson death threat


EDMONTON - A former Opposition member who recently crossed the floor to join Alberta's governing Tories says Mounties have stepped up security at his home and office following a phone threat to kill him.

"I have received several disturbing emails and phone calls over the last couple of weeks, including a death threat left on my personal voice mail," Rob Anderson posted to his Facebook page Thursday.

"I have provided the recording and details to local law enforcement and they are currently investigating.

"The RCMP has been very thorough throughout this process and has provided increased security and monitoring of my office and personal residence."

Anderson, who now sits as a backbencher, could not be reached and a spokesperson for Premier Jim Prentice declined comment.

Alberta RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Josee Valiquette wouldn't say if an investigation is underway.

Earlier this week, Anderson announced he will not seek re-election, in part because of the angry reaction that followed his decision last month, along with eight other Wildrose party members, to join Prentice's Progressive Conservatives.

The move left the official Opposition with five legislature members compared with 72 for the Tories.

It also brought a fusillade of public criticism. Some have characterized the former Wildrosers as opportunistic sellouts who abandoned the democratic principle that strong governments involve healthy opposition.

"Although this experience has been very difficult for (my wife) Anita and I, we want you to know that our family is safe," Anderson said on Facebook.

"We also want to thank the many friends and supporters that continue to reach out with such kindness, and acknowledge that the majority of people who have disagreed with my decision to join the government have done so in a respectful manner.

"We will not let a few extremists cloud our view of the people and community we have come to love so dearly."

Anderson, a two-term member of the legislature, said he will focus on helping Prentice craft the next budget and advocate for 24-hour health care in his Airdrie constituency.

Anderson joined the Tories along with Wildrose leader Danielle Smith and seven others on Dec. …

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