Well, Mr. Filde­brant... since you asked

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - - O.R.S.

Stuffed in mail­boxes last week, were Christ­mas cards from Strath­more-Brooks MLA Derek Filde­brant, pic­tured along with his fam­ily, in front of a fire­place.

Nice ges­ture from an elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Al­berta Leg­is­la­ture who seems to be step­ping in a lot of do-do lately, with hit-and run con­vic­tions, tres­pass­ing charges, hunt­ing vi­o­la­tions, and what seems to be a de­lib­er­ate at­tempt to steal from Al­berta Tax­pay­ers by sub­let­ting his Ed­mon­ton condo on an Airbnb site and pock­et­ing the money.

At­tached to the card was a tear off por­tion with pre­sum­ably Al­berta tax­payer pre-paid postage on it, that asked the card’s re­cip­i­ent to com­ment on top is­sues like Taxes, Health, the debt/deficit, etc,. Also, there was space ti­tled “Other”, fol­lowed by a few blank lines where one could write in their own com­ments of top­ics of their choos­ing.

This writer com­ments reg­u­larly on these and other top­ics that are fod­der for any rea­son­able, com­mon sense think­ing tax­payer.

But since Mr. Filde­brant took the time to ask, we felt the least we could do was re­ply to his ques­tion on what might be both­er­ing this Al­berta tax­payer.

And, we’ll use these pages to com­ment, sav­ing an al­ready overly debted gov­ern­ment 80 cents for the re­turn mail re­ply.

Mr. Filde­brant, you have been given a rare gift by the good peo­ple of Brooks-Strath­more con­stituency, that of elect­ing you to the Al­berta Leg­is­la­ture. That gift is not yours to abuse, but to show the peo­ple of your area, and the peo­ple of Al­berta that you are wor­thy of that gift, that vote of con­fi­dence. Un­til now, your in­fringe­ments on the law, your ac­tions of dis­re­spect, your show of low morals, are an in­sult to even peo­ple like this writer who are not res­i­dents of your con­stituency, that ex­pect high moral char­ac­ter from our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives. You have not com­mit­ted your­self to the vot­ers who took the time to elect you, and who have a right to ex­pect you to con­duct your­self in an ex­em­plary man­ner. Re­spect is not a right, it is earned. This is not the kind of MLA that is wanted or needed in this prov­ince. Yet you have the po­ten­tial to do much good for all Al­ber­tans.

We sim­ply sug­gest you get at it.

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