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Updated: 6th January 2019 20:01

Calgary-McCall riding head claims he got death threats

Calgary police are investigating after the president of a Progressive Conservative Party constituency received death threats last weekend.

Dale Galbraith is also seeking the PC nomination in Calgary-Currie

Calgary police are investigating after the president of a Progressive Conservative Party constituency says he received death threats last weekend.

Dale Galbraith says he got two death threats by phone after last Saturday's hotly-contested PC nomination in Calgary-McCall.

There were nine candidates, and hours after Muhammed Rasheed was declared the winner, Galbraith says he received two angry messages on his cellphone.

"One was indicating that they are going to kill me, somebody is going to kill me, and I won’t get into the specifics of the verbiage ... but essentially you get the message — we are going to take care of you," he said.

"The second dealt a lot with the McCall nomination and allegations of vote rigging and manipulating the vote and that there would be consequences to that in a nomination in Calgary Currie."

The connection there is that Galbraith is seeking the PC nomination in Calgary-Currie this weekend.

While he understands there can be bitter feelings after a campaign loss, and doesn't think the threats came from any of the losing candidates, Galbraith believes it was someone connected to the race.

Death threats 'shocking'

Galbraith said the death threats are shocking and the anger in the messages was incredible, especially since he's only a volunteer.

"It’s hugely insulting and embarrassing, and that message was somewhat scary," he said.

Galbraith reported the threats to Calgary police, who confirmed to CBC News that they are investigating.

Galbraith says there's always a lot of passion for politics in northeast Calgary, but in this case someone has gone too far.

He says he was shaken up by the calls and he is thinking about his safety and that of his family, but for now he's focussed on working hard for the Calgary-Currie nomination on Saturday.

Premier Alison Redford also commented on the incident on Tuesday saying, "These incidents need to be reported to the police and the police need to investigate."

With files from Scott Dippel, CBC News Calgary

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