May 29, 2016

Derek Fildebrandt kicked out of Wildrose caucus — for being “rude” to Wynne? Get the WHOLE story — and FIGHT BACK!

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Is Alberta's Wildrose Party enforcing political correctness now, too? What happened to MLA Derek Fildebrandt is making some people wonder.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne came to visit Alberta recently and Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt made it perfectly clear to Rachel Notley and the NDP that following in the footsteps of the Ontario Liberals is a really bad idea.

The province is almost $300 billion dollars in debt and their own green energy plan isn’t efficient. Fildebrandt was asking questions that every Albertan wants to know the the answers to, but Wynne was in the Legislature at the time and the mainstream media and the left made it into a big deal. Half of the Wildrose caucus didn’t stand up to greet the visiting official and then there was the commentary from Fildebrandt that got them in a twist. The media used words like “ridiculed” and “fury” to describe what happened and despite it all, Fildebrandt doubled down. He insisted that he was doing his job as an opposition critic.

WATCH my video to see his comments about Wynne's policies in the legislature.

But then the Wildrose Party issued an apology for the behaviour, citing not knowing that the Premier of Ontario would be in the Legislature that day. And in doing so, they threw Derek Fildebrandt under the bus.

That’s not where it all ended. One of his enemies mined Fildebrandt’s Facebook page that he runs on his own. What they found was a perceived “homophobic slur" (that he didn't even write.)

But Fildebrandt is actually a supporter of the LGBTQ community, and several from that community called the Wildrose out for the expulsion. However, the Wildrose Party has suspended him from caucus for "homophobia," according to a media release issued late Friday night.

The thing is, that the caucus knew about the questions about Wynne’s policies because they were pre-planned, so they couldn’t have called him out because they would have looked like hypocrites. So, the Wildrose issued an apology and suspended Fildebrandt for the sake of political correctness. And supporters aren’t on board with the decision. Some members are expressing that they’ll be suspending his regular financial donations to the party and are considering cancelling memberships over the ordeal.

Are the Wildrose appeasing the left with this judgement? We all know what happened to the Progressive Conservatives when they started to give up ground to the left -- they were decimated in the last provincial election.

The Wildrose Party rose from the dead under Brian Jean’s leadership, but I don’t agree with his decision. has set up a petition calling on the party to reinstate Derek Fildebrandt. We need to send a message that bowing to pressure from the left is the wrong way to build a strong opposition to Rachel Notley's destruction of Alberta. VISIT and SIGN now!

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commented 2016-05-30 18:11:44 -0400
Derek Fildebrandt is being punished for speaking truth to power. Make it right, Brian Jean. Re-instate him.
commented 2016-05-30 17:01:00 -0400
I am going to Calgary to protest on June 11 to protest the whole NDP anti Alberta policies that are killing our economy.
commented 2016-05-30 16:52:44 -0400
Email sent to Brian Jean. Signing the petition is not enough. He needs to hear from us.

I am disheartened to see the Wildrose party become so “politically correct”. Kicking out Derek Fildebrand is a big mistake. He said what was needed to be said. He said it well. He is obviously competent. His apology for the minor gaffe on twitter (or was it on facebook) was accepted by the committee that rules on such matters.

As Trump has shown, the public is sick of political correctness. Wildrose will not gain any points for political correctness.

I would like to congratulate your leadership on another issue. I had been a financial supporter of Wildrose until the “fiscal” conservatives of the party crossed the floor, leaving the “social” conservatives controlling Wildrose. I do not believe that religion (any religion) belongs in politics. Religion is a personal thing and should not be pressed on others. A lesson that Stockwell Day had to learn when several reformers crossed the floor due to religious pressure from Stockwell Day. I am pleased that you have kept some of the more aggressive social conservatives in line. I hope that that will continue.

I was about to resume making financial donations to Wildrose, but now due to this political correctness issue, I shall wait and see.
commented 2016-05-30 16:44:13 -0400
What was he supposed to say Great job Wayne.Then he would be a real hypocrite.
I wish politicians would realize that tax money isn’t theirs to piss away as if it was nothing.
commented 2016-05-30 15:49:50 -0400
“Personally I have decided that I will not vote for any candidate that continues to not tell the truth about the colossal hoax of Climate Change. This pack of untruths is killing off any hope of prosperity.”

Amen, MAC CUMMING. I’m on the same page.
commented 2016-05-30 15:01:27 -0400
This better be rectified before too long
commented 2016-05-30 14:17:07 -0400
I’m not an Albertan, but it looks like Jean just destroyed WR chances to take out the NDP. Without its conservative base, the WR is nothing. One good thing that will come out of Alberta. Us in BC looking at the NDP in Alberta will make sure the NDP never hold office here in BC.
commented 2016-05-30 13:30:29 -0400
Personally I have decided that I will not vote for any candidate that continues to not tell the truth about the colossal hoax of Climate Change. This pack of untruths is killing off any hope of prosperity.
commented 2016-05-30 13:23:48 -0400
I hear ya Deb – politics if for insider profiteers and looser fanatics who think corrupt polarizing systems actually accomplish positive civil results. Statesmanship is a much less known quality which involves selfless service to the electorate – these people are few and far between – Derek is one of them and you can see how speaking truth is incomparable with the corrupt power structure civil life has devolved to.
commented 2016-05-30 12:39:38 -0400
Peter Netterville – I’m actually sick to death of politics. The constant attacks on anything normal, is exactly the type of education that our kids have received. Is it any wonder they were fooled by the lying liberals, and their minions? This shame-based governing is wrong, and I’m not buying into it. We have a right to our own beliefs, and I will never allow the state to tell me what to think or believe, nor will I allow them to tell me whether my beliefs are right or wrong. I, and everyone else will be judged by the one true God, the God of Israel, and I will await his judgement. Governments think they have the mandate to instill garbage into our minds, well I’ve taken the trash out, and will stick to my faith in God, and all that entails.
commented 2016-05-30 12:35:12 -0400
Grab a friggin brain Wild Rose . . . Wynne is not fit to be a Dogcatcher . . .
Are you trying to out pc the PC party ? ? ?
Wynne has destroyed more of Canada than anyone in history . . . except Trudough Sr.
commented 2016-05-30 12:33:36 -0400
Didn’t take Jean long to march down the same politically correct path where the media has the Liberals/NDP/Progressive Conservatives tip-toeing, eh?
commented 2016-05-30 12:23:19 -0400
Deborah, from what I have noticed throughout the years is that the left bellows they are the champions of free speech, but in practice they are all for free speech (and freedom of the press) so long as that speech agrees with their own political view. Any views contrary are met with anger, hate and mockery, and often try to shut down that speech. (as an example the opposition to Sun News Network before it started up). So much for believing in free speech.
commented 2016-05-30 12:19:42 -0400
There certainly is a prevalent attitude among the left/socialists that post here on this site and indeed the rest of Canada that the right wing parties in Canada, whether they be provincial or federal, must embrace left wing policies before they will be accepted by Canadians.

The fallacy in this belief is the faulty premise that the majority of Canadians are left/socialists.
commented 2016-05-30 12:18:25 -0400
The petition is due to Derek’s wrongful dismissal from the WR caucus. He shouldn’t have been removed for what he said. I agree with everything he said. Just because it insulted that criminal Wynnie, is beside the point. It needed to be said, and I think Jean was wrong to remove him for speaking the truth.
commented 2016-05-30 12:14:30 -0400
Plus there is a difference between writing a story about this as opposed to creating a petition. Story is all good but I think starting a petition is over the line.
commented 2016-05-30 12:12:57 -0400
No question they can do what they want but perhaps the last thing he wants is more exposure over this and just wants it to blow over.
commented 2016-05-30 12:09:41 -0400
Deacon – it’s called “freedom of the press!”
commented 2016-05-30 11:56:56 -0400
Did the Rebel ask Derek if he wanted them to carry his torch for him? Nope cause Ezra does as Ezra does.
commented 2016-05-30 11:40:18 -0400
The party won’t stand without members. They either do what the people want, or they will keep losing members, and more importantly, our financial support!
commented 2016-05-30 11:37:17 -0400
" The evangelical hillbullies are exposed! "

As opposed to what Ron- marxist evangelism from malevolent political lowbrows?

Thanks for showing up on time and displaying your neanderthal leftard bigotry.
commented 2016-05-30 11:29:51 -0400
It’s the Party’s prerogative to boot him. Perhaps they want to actually win an election and have an interest in curtailing the bozo eruptions. Political optics are a valid reason, though they don’t really even need one.
commented 2016-05-30 11:24:38 -0400
John Albertan commented – “Fildebrandt apologized. They all folded like a cheap suit when the Media Party called them names.”
  • Exactly! and isn’t this the core of the whole outrage – the media is now a 4th level of government, creating policy, picking favorites, spinning manufactured reality and editing history – all must prostrate the truth at the feet of the unelected, untouchable propagandist elite of the 4th estate who now comprise the 5th column.

John Albertan commented – "The Wildrose Executive Committee manipulated the leadership race to select Brian Jean. Political elitists are all birds of a feather….different colored feathers is all. "
  • Amen brother John, you preach to the converted – political fixers aspire to these party exec positions to ensure their agendas take precedence over the membership – kingmakers, are more powerful than politicians – on a wider ideological scale this is where the elite deprive the people of selecting tthe leaders and governments THEY want and instilling the will of a small power elite – it’s a pattern that is rarely broken – once in my life have I seen a party run by the grassroots and the eastern PC elites and Reform party exec conspired to fold this people’s party because it was not in the full control of the elites. They would rather destroy the party than cede power – look at Trump vs GOP exec for a prime example.

Richard Neufeld commented – “This is by no means the whole story if you read the latest Rick Bell column. Fildebrandt earned what happened to him.”
  • Richard what is “right” in your political acumen? The fact a courageous MLA spoke truth to power and did his job as a government critic honorably (believe me with Wynn’s criminal scandals there is much uglier truths he could have stated) or perusing what amounts to censure of fair comment in the house to massage the venal “boss Hogg” workings of Nenshi’s political extortion machine and the pandering left media? If businesses have to fellate some local Marxist council "boss"to operate without official encumbrance maybe more truths need to be told on the house floor about the obvious decay of political ethics in Alberta politics.
commented 2016-05-30 10:53:54 -0400
Well, Deborah, I called and cancelled my membership, then had the operator transfer me to the Caucus voice mail and I left a message to Brian Jean as to my reason why … without getting angry, but with definite disappointment in my voice. I don’t know if it will have any impact, be I did it on principle.
commented 2016-05-30 10:52:25 -0400
Right now I don’t know who else there is to vote for, but it looks like the WRP has thrown itself under the bus so I have to believe that there is or will be a viable alternative – no not the PCs.
commented 2016-05-30 10:51:20 -0400
This is tough to take. All is lost.
commented 2016-05-30 10:45:27 -0400
Peter Netterville – I’ll bet that the receptionist has been swamped with many membership cancellation requests. I’m embarrassed the Jean did this. Who’s side is he on? It appears that he’s not on our side by this harebrained move. He needs to reinstate Derek, or they will have to rebuild the party again!
commented 2016-05-30 10:42:19 -0400
Deborah said, “I just called the WR office and left a message.”

Good idea. I will do that too.
commented 2016-05-30 10:41:21 -0400
Sandy Wilde said, "Voted for Wildrose in the past, will NOT be doing the same in the future. "

Yea, I am leaning the same way, but who else is there to vote for? I will never vore for the PCs again since they are really just Liberals wearing a blue tie.
commented 2016-05-30 10:36:45 -0400
I just called the WR office and left a message. I will be cancelling my membership. Derek was speaking for the people, and I agree with what he said. Someone had to say it. If the WR are going to fold like a cheap tent when their members speak the truth for the people, then I’m not going to support them!