Thursday, May 12, 2011
Calgary MLA Art Johnson Loses PC Nomination Battle In Calgary Southeast
Current Hays MLA Art Johnston had decided to run in this part of the split riding and faced a last minute challenge to the nomination by Mr. Fraser. For months, Rick had declared his intentions to run in the existing Calgary Hays riding in the next election and has been actively selling memberships and even pulled a major coup and took control of the Hays board at this springs AGM, ousting the long time riding association president. Many where shocked to learn that Rick then decided to instead run against Art for the Calgary SE nomination.
Before the vote, Art had jokingly said to me that "I'm not ready to put out on any Ice Floes..." and I believe he still has a lot of work he wants to accomplish in the legislature. I am not sure what the future holds for Art, but I think he should be commended for the work he has done in Calgary Hays, especially in securing new schools for our area.
While I congratulate Rick on his nomination victory, I was a little discouraged to learn of his association with the PGIB ( and its often polarizing founder, Craig Chandler.) following the meeting, as Rick always spoke to me about his desire for change and transparency. Many people will recall that Chandler was disqualified as a PC candidate in 2007 due to some comments made by the by a group also founded by him. I have gotten to know Rick over the past two years and I cannot imagine what these two would have in common at all.
Rick's website can be found at http://www.frasernation.com/
I have been getting a lot of emails and a few comments requesting proof of the PGIB affiliation. Please click the link below for a copy of the lit.
I certaintly hope that Rick posts a followup confirming his association with PGIB and their founders, as it may become a small distraction going forward.