Con­stituency sup­ports MLA fol­low­ing on­line com­ments

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

A Wil­drose MLA whose on­line com­ments have got­ten him kicked out of is cau­cus ap­pears to be en­joy­ing the sup­port of his Con­stituency As­so­ci­a­tion.

On Fri­day evening, the Wil­drose Party re­leased a three sen­tence state­ment from leader Brian Jean, an­nounc­ing that Strath­more-Brooks MLA Derek Filde­brandt was sus­pended from the Wil­drose Cau­cus.

“This evening, Mr. Filde­brandt made an un­ac­cept­able com­ment on so­cial me­dia that does not rep­re­sent the val­ues of the Wil­drose Cau­cus.

“He has been sus­pended from our Cau­cus ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately,” stated Jean.

While it does not cite the com­ments, me­dia have been drawn to one where it ap­pears that Filde­brandt praised a state­ment from a Face­book com­menter that ap- pears to be ho­mo­pho­bic in na­ture.

Filde­brant has since given an ex­pla­na­tion.

“I re­ceive on av­er­age of 800 com­ments on my pub­lic Face­book page daily and I do my best to re­spond per­son­ally. As I’ve al­ready stated pub­licly, I did not read a com­ment posted to my page by a con­stituent as care­fully as I should have. If any­one felt that I shared those sen­ti­ments, I do not, and I apol­o­gize,” he said.

“My col­leagues know that those views do not re­flect my own opin­ion and they rec­og­nize that I made an hon­est mis­take, so I was sur­prised by this de­ci­sion. I ac­cept this de­ci­sion.”

His con­stituency As­so­ci­a­tion sup­ports his ex­pla­na­tion and is­sued a state­ment

“Our MLA Derek Filde­brandt re­ceives hun­dreds of Face­book com­ments each day on his page, and at­tempts to re­spond per­son­ally to them. He made an er­ror in not read­ing one of those posts cor­rectly, and we know this to be an hon­est mis­take. We know Derek.”

Fur­ther, they are ask­ing that his sus­pen­sion be lifted.

“Our MLA Derek Filde­brandt has proven to work tire­lessly for the peo­ple of Strath­more-Brooks, and for all Al­ber­tans. We un- equiv­o­cally sup­port him as our elected Wil­drose MLA,” it states.

“We are re­quest­ing the im­me­di­ate re­turn of our ELECTED MLA Derek Filde­brandt to the Wil­drose Cau­cus, in his for­mer ca­pac­ity, and al­low him to con­tinue stand­ing up for Strath­moreBrooks and ALL Al­ber­tans.”

Our MLA Derek Filde­brandt has proven to work tire­lessly for the peo­ple of Strath­more-Brooks, and for all Al­ber­tans. We un­equiv­o­cally sup­port him as our elected Wil­drose MLA.” Con­stituency As­so­ci­a­tion state­ment

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