Prominent tory backs independent

A prominent Alberta Tory is publicly supporting the Independent candidate who is running against the Conservatives in the federal riding of Edmonton-Sherwood Park.

Peter Elzinga, who was president of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in the 1980s, chief of staff to former Alberta premier Ralph Klein and an MP, MLA and provincial cabinet minister, is throwing his support behind Jim Ford.

Ford, a longtime party loyalist, is running as an Independent because he was unhappy with the way the national party handled the nomination of Conservative candidate Tim Uppal in November 2006.

Elzinga admitted he wrestled with his decision, but in the end decided to support Ford, who’s been his friend for more than 30 years.

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