April 15, 2019

Derek Fildebrandt: A right-wing alternative to the UCP

Keean BexteRebel Contributor

Derek Fildebrandt, Leader of the Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta (FCP) is vying for his own seat in the Alberta Legislature. Whether any FPC MLA’s are elected at all remains to be seen, but the party’s best bet is largely seen to be the Fildebrandt's home riding, Chestermere–Strathmore.

As Leader of the Freedom Conservatives, Derek is the only party leader running on a platform to scrap beer taxes and introduce a student-friendly plan to make university student unions voluntary, bringing them in line with the Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Chestermere–Strathmore will be one of the ridings The Rebel will be watching closely on our live election night coverage. A split urban and rural riding, with two incumbent MLAs vying for the new seat. Fildebrandt swung by The Rebel’s “Stop Notley” sign pickup in Chestermere, the only MLA in the province to do so, where we took the opportunity to interview him about the FPC and his election prospects.

Fildebrandt’s United Conservative Party opposition candidate is Leela Aheer. Aheer was elected by a small margin in the 2015 election, just over 200 votes separated her from her Conservative opponent, Bruce McAllister. Since 2015, the Wildrose-turned-UCP MLA has voted alongside the NDP caucus more times than any UCP legislator, according to Fildebrandt.

One of the greatest criticisms of the United Conservative Party was focused on their nomination meetings. Allegations of ballot stuffing and partisan disqualifications were rife. Aheer’s nomination was no exception. According to the UCP, five individuals sought nomination packages for the new riding of Chestermere–Strathmore. UCP hopefuls claimed to have been manhandled by party officials at meetings, and board president Ronda Klemmensen told the Calgary Herald that the nomination was a “travesty”. Nevertheless, Leela Aheer won the nomination by acclamation. Somehow, each and every one of Aheer’s opponents either bowed out, or were barred from running in the first place.

This week, a total 696,000 ballots were cast in advanced polls. If Chestermere–Strathmore is as tight of a race as Chestermere–Rockyview was in 2015, we may not know the results until advanced ballots are counted the following day.

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commented 2019-04-16 17:01:31 -0400
“It is QUITE CLEAR TO ME THERE ISN’T ONE POLITICIAN IN THE LAND ( except maybe Bernier) WHO IS GOING TO SERVE AND PROTECT WE CANADIANS /WHITE CANADIANS!!!”

I don’t see the “protection” that is needed along lines of skin tone, but rather, as a matter of the erosion of fundamental freedoms such as speech and property rights.

However, I agree with you that when it comes to federal or provincial politicians who have the courage to speak honestly and openly, Bernier pretty well stands alone.

He recently called Loblaws and Bombardier “Parasites”, which is exactly what they are.

Can you imagine Scheer-the-Steer having the balls to say that?
commented 2019-04-16 13:28:22 -0400
Charred Remains,
I live in ONtario and have been watching Alberta for some time now. I agree with you 100% on kenney! He is not much better than trudeau!
It is QUITE CLEAR TO ME THERE ISN’T ONE POLITICIAN IN THE LAND ( except maybe Bernier) WHO IS GOING TO SERVE AND PROTECT WE CANADIANS /WHITE CANADIANS!!!
no one seems to be getting this!
this IS NOT OUR LAND ANYMORE AND SOON WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE PERMITTED TO STAY. LOOK WHAT IS HAPPENING ALL OVER SOUTH AFRICA, EUROPE, BRITAIN .
better start packing while we can still flee and take some of what is ours with us because the door is closing and we will be left with little other than our lives which we will be in constant fear for if canadians don’t grow a brain in the next couple of months!
KEEP TAKING THE LESSER OF THE EVILS AND NOTHING CHANGES!
commented 2019-04-16 13:24:45 -0400
As someone who voted for do nothin’ derek in the last provincial election and has the chance to do it again here is my view. Do nothin’ only cares about one thing, getting elected. He will say anything. He us probably the most entitled liar I have ever met. He rents a mailing address in the riding but lives far away on the other side of Calgary in Cougar Ridge. As a former member of the CTF you would think he would have higher standards. I really hope he polls behind the NDP candidate for Chestermere / Strathmore.
commented 2019-04-16 10:50:02 -0400
CHARRED REMAINS commented.
Jason Kenney plans to fuck that up by altering……………………….

Charred Remains, by using your four letter descriptor you are lowering the standards of the Rebel Media……..Trust me.
commented 2019-04-16 02:09:32 -0400
Andrew Stephenson Notley will not matter after tomorrow!
commented 2019-04-16 00:42:56 -0400
Charred…..Ive been telling all that will listen, vote for who/what you want, not for what you don’t want. No FCP candidate in my riding here in the south, Hunter will win easily. Just wished there was another choice.
commented 2019-04-15 22:09:53 -0400
Good for you, Get Notley out anyway you see fit. Thanks from the rest of us.
commented 2019-04-15 21:35:31 -0400
But I’m still in Alberta to vote.
commented 2019-04-15 21:17:34 -0400
I am familiar with ‘the record’ on Derek and you, C. White are using a spin which masks the reality and ignores the nuance and context. Trying to denigrate Derek to ‘scare’ people into voting the way you want, is lame. The federal CPC use the same tactics to smear Bernier. Good luck with that.
commented 2019-04-15 21:11:51 -0400
Good luck Alberta. I wish I could still vote there. If FPC could be a balance to the CPC it would be best case scenario. Just get Notley out.
commented 2019-04-15 21:02:59 -0400
Fildebrandt. As one who used to think he was a good bet for the conservative movement, let me consider his record. Double dipping on his housing allowance by sub-letting his subsidized MLA housing, not illegal but not conservative principles. Convicted of a hit and run. Convicted of poaching. Works against the leader of the Wildrose. Works against the leader of the UCP. Forms a party in spite to work against unification. Nope, I think Fildebrandt is for Fildebrandt, not Alberta.
commented 2019-04-15 20:46:53 -0400
All knowing Andrew, maybe you could go play on the freeway or something.
commented 2019-04-15 20:34:42 -0400
Great use of your resources to park the “stop Notley” truck in a riding where she came a distant third in the last election.

Helps keep it away from places it actually matters.
commented 2019-04-15 19:35:14 -0400
I’m torn between the FPC and the UPC. I’d like to vote FPC but I worry that it’ll decreese votes for the UPC and let Notley get ahead.
commented 2019-04-15 19:14:56 -0400
Aheer’s nomination was no exception. According to the UCP, five individuals sought nomination packages for the new riding of Chestermere–Strathmore. UCP hopefuls claimed to have been manhandled by party officials at meetings, and board president Ronda Klemmensen told the Calgary Herald that the nomination was a “travesty”. Nevertheless, Leela Aheer won the nomination by acclamation. Somehow, each and every one of Aheer’s opponents either bowed out, or were barred from running in the first place.

That reminds me of the nomination of harjit sajjan in vancouver south riding during past elections, where he won the nomination by stealing over 4000 votes. It doesn’t matter if they belong to Cons, Libs or Dippers the methods, intentions & the consequences are same.
These are not isolated cases I guess it’s their cultural thing to steal & bully during elections. Every election held in India is always rife with violence, stealing, bullying, & other corrupt ways to win the seat by hook or crook.