CALGARY, AB (June 26, 2014): Today, Wildrose President David Yager issued the following statement regarding the nomination process in Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre:
“Wildrose has a very strong bias in favour of democratic candidate selection processes. The party requires all incumbents, including the leader, to face an open nomination contest and win the support of the grassroots members, during each election cycle.
“The party has clearly detailed rules that govern its nominations. Those rules include specific complaint and appeal processes.
“After learning that the former president of his constituency association had filed papers to challenge him for the nomination, the current MLA for Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre, Mr. Joe Anglin, filed a complaint alleging that his prospective challenger, Mr. Jason Nixon, failed to comply with certain rules regarding the filing process. Mr. Anglin alleged that Mr. Nixon did not step down from the presidency of the constituency association prior to filing his application and that Mr. Nixon remained president until June 16th.
“The allegations made by Mr. Anglin were investigated and both he and Mr. Nixon were given the opportunity to make submissions in writing to the Provincial Candidate Selection Committee (PCSC). The PCSC reviewed the records, found that the evidence did not support the allegations made by Mr. Anglin and ruled that Mr. Nixon's application should be accepted. Mr. Anglin unsuccessfully appealed that ruling to a separate appeal committee.
“Two separate bodies have reviewed Mr. Anglin's allegations against Mr. Nixon now. Both have deemed Mr. Anglin’s allegations to be unfounded, and both have ruled that Mr. Nixon's application was fully compliant and should be accepted.
“Further, the grassroots members of the Constituency Nomination Committee in Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre also ruled that they have no concerns with Mr. Nixon's candidacy.
“The process followed in the Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre nomination has been fair, impartial and fully compliant with our nomination rules. Both Mr. Anglin and Mr. Nixon are now candidates for the Wildrose nomination in Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre. It is my sincere hope that from this point forward, both gentlemen will focus their time on winning the votes of the eligible Wildrose members in their riding.
“Wildrose favours open, contested nominations and we will not alter our democratic, grassroots nomination process to the favour of any individual person or outcome. We think the final outcome of a candidate selection process should be determined by members at the ballot box, not through the media or the court of public opinion.”