Tories oust controversial candidate

<p>The Tories have ousted a controversial candidate linked to an anti-gay controversy, with Premier Ed Stelmach only saying that his nomination was “not in the best interests of the party.”</p>

 




The Tories have ousted a controversial candidate linked to an anti-gay controversy, with Premier Ed Stelmach only saying that his nomination was “not in the best interests of the party.”

 




Stelmach emerged from a private Conservative party meeting in Red Deer this weekend, which voted not to endorse Craig Chandler as their candidate in Calgary-Egmont.

 




Chandler had agreed to publicly apologize earlier this year after a religious group he founded published a letter on the Internet entitled “Homosexual Agenda Wicked.”

 




Before the meeting, Jim Blake, national chairman of Concerned Christians Canada, said Chandler was guilty of nothing.





“This PC candidacy review seems like a witch hunt trying to weed out an outspoken evangelical Christian,” he said in a statement.





“It is an unacceptable message.”





Party officials declined further comment after their decision, pointing to their constitution, which prohibits them from discussing the private meeting.





Chandler told reporters that he would consider running as an independent candidate.


 
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