Airdrie MLA Rob Anderson, understood to have been one of the key leaders in the controversial effort to get the majority of the Wildrose caucus to defect to the Progressive Conservative Party on Dec. 17, announced on Facebook just before midnight he intends to leave politics after the next Alberta general election.

The abrupt timing of the announcement, nevertheless, suggests that the ambitious Mr. Anderson is the first high-profile victim of the backlash in conservative circles against the defection of himself, former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith, and seven other members of the Wildrose caucus to the Progressive Conservative benches on the same day.


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