Right Whing-Nut Craig Chandler made Edmonton Journal Legislature Reporter Graham Thompson's column last Tuesday. Graham gave credit to his outing by bloggers. And though skeptical he was suitably dissuaded by Mr. Chandler his-self.
Then there's Craig Chandler.Funny thing the small-c conservative comment was left by a Craig on a Progressive Bloggers post about Chandler.
He is proudly confrontational, and his official web page sports a photo of him with fists raised.
This is a guy who makes Stephen Harper look like Jack Layton. Even so, I had trouble believing Chandler actually wrote the outrageous quote attributed to him that is making the rounds of the Internet.
It sounds suspiciously like a parody of what a right-wing nut would write as advice to newcomers to Alberta:
"To those of you who have come to our great land from out of province, you need to remember that you came here to our home and we vote conservative. You came here to enjoy our economy, our natural beauty and more. This is our home, and if you wish to live here, you must adapt to our rules and our voting patterns, or leave. Conservatism is our culture.
"Do not destroy what we have created."
You might want to take a moment and re-read it. Yes, it really does say you must vote conservative or leave.
I phoned Chandler for a comment.
"That seems a little taken out of context for me," he said initially. However, as we talked he e-mailed me the whole article he had written for a weekly newspaper under the heading, "If you move to Alberta -- Adapt or Leave." Hmm. The quotation is entirely accurate and not at all out of context.
The only parody here is inadvertent self-parody.
Chandler took pains to say he meant small-c conservative, not necessarily the Conservative party.
post about a week ago about a couple of politicians who were ignoring the basic rules of democracy and it seems someone may be in damage control mode. I had this comment posted to the entry:Thomspson sums up our hopes and fears.
"I never said anything about people voting PC. I talked about small 'c' conservativsm.
Now I can't verify that the post is from Craig Chandler himself, one of his supporters or just a random troll. I could but I don't track people down on the internet... I'm too busy doing real life things.
His comments are of course undemocratic, mean-spirited and head-shakingly stupid.
Consequently, the New Democrats and Liberals would dearly love for him to win the Tory nomination in Calgary-Egmont.
Alberta's Conservatives might be dropping in the polls, but you have to wonder if they've dropped so low as to be on the same level as the likes of Craig Chandler.
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