The Independent MLA for Strathmore-Brooks is not being allowed back with the United Conservatives after he pleaded guilty Friday to illegally shooting a deer, a charge the UCP says was never disclosed to the party.
The United Conservative Party (UCP) has permanently booted one of its former southern Alberta MLAs. Leader Jason Kenney says Derek Filderbrant, who's been sitting as an Independent MLA for Strathmore-Brooks, has demonstrated a pattern of behaviour that does not meet the highest level of integrity. Kenney says after meeting with him in late November, t's clear Fildebrandt deliberately mislead the UCP in not disclosing he was charged with illegally shooting a deer. Fildebrandt pleaded guilty to that charge Friday (Feb. 2) and must pay $3000 in fines. Kenney says because Fildebrandt wasn't forthcoming about his outstanding legal charges, he will not be allowed to seek a UCP nomination in the next Alberta election. In a statement Kenney said, "I can only conclude that Mr. Fildebrandt deliberately misled us in refusing to disclose this outstanding charge. Consequently, neither I nor our Caucus can have confidence in the veracity of his undertakings to us. I have therefore decided that Mr. Flidebrandt will not be permitted to return to our Caucus, a decision supported by our Caucus following consultations earlier today." - Pat Siedlecki