Filde­brandt out

Em­bat­tled MLA barred from re­turn­ing to party

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Patrick Ko­lafa

MLA for Brooks-Strath­more, Derek Filde­brandt, is a man with­out a place in cau­cus or a party.

This comes af­ter United Con­ser­va­tive Party (UCP) Leader, Ja­son Ken­ney, is­sued a state­ment re­gard­ing Mr. Filde­brant’s fu­ture with the party.

“I have there fore de­cided that Mr. Filde­brandt will not be per­mit­ted to re­turn to our Cau­cus, a de­ci­sion sup­ported by our Cau­cus fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tions ear­lier to­day,” it reads.

Filde­brandt has been an out­spo­ken MLA and has made many head­lines over the last year in­clud­ing post­ing his gov­ern­ment sub­si­dized home in Ed­mon­ton for rent on airbnb and also pleaded guilty to leav­ing the scene of an ac­ci­dent un­der the Traf­fic Safety Act.

Most re­cently on Fri­day morn­ing, Fe­bru­ary 2, he pleaded guilty in a pro­vin­cial court­room in Dids­bury, to il­le­gally shoot­ing a deer on pri­vate lands and was fined $3,000.

He also faced pun­ish­ment from the party he once called home. Within the hour, Ken­ney is­sued his state­ment.

"As elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives, we must be ex­pected to show the high­est level of in­tegrity. MLA Derek Filde­brandt has un­for­tu­nately demon­strated a pat­tern of be­hav­ior that does not meet that stan­dard,” said Ken­ney.

He out­lined the party’s in­terac t i o n with Filde­brandt, par­tic­u­larly a meet­ing last Novem­ber where the party can­vassed Mr. Filde­brandt on whether there were out­stand­ing mat­ters it should be aware of, be­fore con­sid­er­ing bring­ing him back into the fold.

“We ques­tioned Mr. Filde­brandt ex­ten­sively for an hour. At no point dur­ing that meet­ing did Mr. Filde­brandt dis­close that just 25 days prior he had been charged with the of­fence which led to his court

The an­nual Bat­tle of the Sexes is back and the women have the jump out of the start­ing block, lead­ing the men in the first few days of com­pe­ti­tion.

The an­nual event is a great way to have fun and get a lit­tle ex­er­cise in the pool and in the gym.

From Fe­bru­ary 1 to Fe­bru­ary 14, the com­pe­ti­tion takes place in the pool. Sim­ply log your lengths when you head to the pool. Par­tic­i­pants must swim a min­i­mum of two lengths up to a max­i­mum of 700.

Af­ter that, the com­pe­ti­tion goes to the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity. From Fe­bru­ary 15 to Fe­bru­ary 28, par­tic­i­pants must com­plete a min­i­mum seven laps (equal­ing 1km) of the run­ning track, to a max­i­mum of 350 laps, or 50km on the run­ning track, or the car­dio equip­ment of your choice.

Par­tic­i­pants who achieve and track the min­i­mum dis­tance will be en­tered into a draw for a com­bined Aquaplex and Bad- lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity pass. The name drawn from the win­ning sex will win a three-month pass, while the name drawn from the los­ing sex will win one month pass.

You can watch the re­sults in real time on www.di­nosaur­val­­tle-ofthe-sexes-chal­lenge. The re­sults will be up­dated daily. As of Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 5, the women were lead­ing with 250 lengths, to the men’s 120.

MLA Derek Filde­brandt… barred from UCP

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