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‘I apologize’


A statement from Rob Anders.

“My comments in iPolitics with respect to Mr. Mulcair and Mr. Layton were insensitive and inconsiderate. I apologize to Mr. Mulcair and to Mr. Layton’s family.”


‘I apologize’

  1. Was the phone call from Harper or from a law firm?

    • Have you met Mulcair? That’d be the law firm. Harper’s never been able to control this idiot.

      • I don’t actually think harper tries to control or stop anders in any way.

        • Because he knows it’s pointless.

        • Anders heard Olivia Chow had scheduled a news conference. No way he gets out of the way of THAT train unless he apologizes, fast.

          • I think that’s gonna happen despite the apology.

          • No doubt. But it’s all about damage control. An apology limits the spread of the shrapnel.

  2. Gee, that’s swell, Rob.
    But the swelling has gone down and you’re still a POS

  3. Still didn’t say his comments were incorrect, or ill-considered.

  4. The Tories really should have gotten this guy under control back during the whole Nelson Mandela idiocy.

    It’s simply astonishing to me that his constituents keep re-electing him!

    • This tells me that most Albertans don’t give two hoots about what candidate they’re voting for as long as the party/PM is pro oil.

      • I don’t think you should tar all ABs with that brush. Something weird is going on in his riding, that’s for sure. Not even the Harper goon squad can dynamite him out of there.

        • I think Harper/Conservative Party leadership has taken steps in the past to ensure Anders did not have to face a nomination challenge. Why Harper supports the creep is a matter for speculation…

          • National office took over the riding assoc in 2010 after the majority of the board put forward an alternate candidate…

          • Didn’t know that. That’s doubly depressing. What do they gain by keeping the creep around?

      • True, although that simply makes most Albertans like most other Canadians.

        To give all electors in a riding more control over who actually goes to Ottawa as their representative, AND which party the MP is from – rather than essentially just members of the various constituency associations – requires a different voting system. There are several workable options.

    • He sews it up at the party nomination stage. Fluid rules appear to make it next to impossible for all would be challengers. I think one even included an Alison Redford, not positive.

    • The requirements to be the Conservative MP for Calgary West aren’t hard. All you have to do is stay awake in the House of Commons and stand up when Steve tells you to.

      OK, all you have to do is stay awake MOST of the time in the House of Commons and stand up when Steve tells you to. If you can do that, you’re all good brother.

    • Didn’t the riding try to dump him but Harper wouldn’t let them?

      • I’m not sure it’s quite accurate to say that the RIDING (in full as it were) tried to get rid of him, but it is true that there was a faction (a majority faction I believe) of his riding association that wanted to have an open nomination for the seat and the party (which I suppose could mean “Harper”, though I’m not sure it’s quite that simple) protected Anders from a nomination process as an incumbent.

    • Anders ain’t that original. Mandela was way before Rob’s time; he learned what he wanted to learn while bouncing on the knee of Art Hanger.

      • Oh God, there’s a visual I don’t need in my head.

      • I don’t know, it seemed pretty original to me.

        Anders was, after all, the only member in the ENTIRE HOUSE OF COMMONS to vote to deny Nelson Mandela honourary Canadian citizenship. A House of Commons, mind you, that still included Art Hanger.

  5. He could have at least spelt it, “apologise”

    So much for Canadian patriotism amongst the very liberal Conservative Party of Canada.

    • You’re misinformed as to the Canadian spelling of apologize.

  6. Ugh, hate to say it, him being Rob Anders and all, but that is a real apology. I’m impressed.

    • REALLY??!?

      I don’t know. It seems to me that his “apology” is completely consistent with the statement “It was insensitive and inconsiderate of me to point out that Thomas Mulcair killed Jack Layton, and I apologize to Mr. Mulcair and to Mr. Layton’s family for re-opening the wound of that terrible crime”.

      As others have pointed out, he’s merely apologized for his conspiracy theory being insensitive and inconsiderate, not inaccurate or poorly thought-out.

  7. Rob Anders is useful when the CONs need to misdirect attention away from something else they have messed up. When Anders speaks, look elsewhere for what the CONs a trying to not have the public pay attention to.

    • Food safety – and it’s getting worse by the day. Ritz seems to be in hiding so I guess it’s send out the clowns.