Power line controversy dogs former cabinet minister

Public anger over government land bills and a cabinet decision to build two high voltage transmission lines have put former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Ted Morton on the defensive in the newly structured riding of Chestermere-Rocky View.

The U.S.-born Morton, 63, who represented Foothills Rocky View since 2004, is a Tory giant. He has made two unsuccessful tries to win the PC leadership and served in cabinet in a number of key portfolios, including finance and energy.

But in the April 23 provincial election, the former University of Calgary professor is expected to face stiff competition from former TV broadcaster Bruce McAllister, who is running for the Wildrose.

The NDP’s Nathan Salmon and Liberal Sian Ramsden are also vying to represent to urbanrural riding.

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