SDSG candidate for PPC an Ottawa lawyer

David Anber has been chosen as the People's Party of Canada candidate for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry in the upcoming federal election. He announced it on social media on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. ( via Newswatch Group)

Update 1:30 p.m. Aug. 23: A spokesperson for the Greater Glengarry PPC Association emailed Cornwall Newswatch to say the riding associations had been merged earlier this year for SDSG and Glengarry-Prescott-Russell to form the Greater Glengarry PPC Association. Garry Hartle confirmed David Anber has been vetted and is the candidate.

SDSG – The head of an Ottawa law firm has been chosen to represent the People’s Party of Canada in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry.

But instead of the announcement coming from the SDSG riding association, David Anber announced on Twitter Tuesday night he had been chosen as the candidate for the Sept. 20 federal election.

Anber describes himself as a Conservative Party of Canada member since the party’s formation in 2003.

He addressed the party change in his social media post saying it’s now about being affiliated with a party based on the way the “political winds” are blowing.

“Although I always have, and continue to espouse a collection of classical liberal and neo-conservative values, I have concluded that there currently is only one federal party championing both of these things right now,” he tweeted.

Anber says the Conservatives are not protecting civil liberties that are under an “unprecedented assault.”

David Anber runs a private practice, David Anber’s Law Office, which specializes in traffic and criminal offence law. According to his bio on the law office website, he has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from McGill University and has civil law and common law degrees from the University of Ottawa.

Anber will be up against Conservative incumbent Eric Duncan. There’s been no announcements from the Greens, NDP or Liberal riding associations.

Cornwall Newswatch has not been able to independently verify Anber’s nomination. An email to the riding association on Sunday, Aug. 15 requesting information on the nomination process and candidate selection has gone unanswered.

In 2019, the PPC candidate was Sabile Trimm – a farmer from Alfred, Ont. — who garnered 1,178 votes or about 2 per cent of the vote. Eric Duncan had a landslide victory with almost 29,000 votes.