Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Et tu, Brute?----------Julie Ali · University of Alberta I don't think Mr. Fildebrandt had any chance of becoming the leader of the UCP. This flirting with the job was all about positioning himself for a good political position if Mr. Kenney wins. Mr. Jean is a nice man and will be a good leader for the UCP. If he wins Mr. Kenney will be in the background I guess fermenting discord and discontent. Along with the cadre of loyalists who support him like Mr. Fildebrandt. It's interesting seeing how Mr. Fildebrandt is trying to undermine Mr. Jean's popularity with the people of Alberta. Keep it up Mr. Fildebrandt. I doubt this lack of loyalty to Mr. Jean will do anything but increase his chances of becoming the leader. Voters are odd creatures. We like the underdog. Especially if they are being bitten by their own pack. Like · Reply · Just now · Edited

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More of the Fildebrandt --"Et tu, Brute?" stuff. It's getting tiresome. When will this junk end? I guess it won't end.
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Death of Julius Caesar -- "Et tu, Brute?"


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Fildebrandt never knows when to be quiet. He could be gracious but no--he has to slam nice Mr. Jean.
Unfortunately for Mr. Fildebrandt he doesn't decide who becomes the new leader. It's the ordinary citizens of Alberta who decide.
Mr. Jean is a fine man and had to put up with yappy folks like Mr. Fildebrandt and folks like myself feel for him. It must have been difficult.
Hopefully when Mr. Jean gets to be UCP leader he will relegate the Fildebrandt to the far back benches. This might keep him silent then.

Outspoken MLA Derek Fildebrandt took himself out of the running for the leadership of the United Conservative Party on Tuesday, but launched a broadside against…
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Fildebrandt steps away from UCP leadership bid with salvo against his former party leader

Published on: August 8, 2017 | Last Updated: August 8, 2017 4:43 PM MDT
Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt.
Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt. CRYSTAL SCHICK / POSTMEDIA NETWORK
Outspoken MLA Derek Fildebrandt took himself out of the running for the leadership of the United Conservative Party on Tuesday, but launched a broadside against another candidate, former Wildrose leader Brian Jean.
The Strathmore-Brooks MLA had been flirting with a run for the UCP’s top job, but at a news conference in front of McDougall Centre said he will instead push the fledgling party and the candidates running for the leadership to adopt libertarian-tinged policies.
Fildebrandt, first elected under the Wildrose banner in 2015, said he won’t endorse anyone in the leadership race right now but reaffirmed his comments last month that under no circumstances would he support his former leader, Jean, in the contest.
Brian Jean, former Wildrose Party leader.
“I’ve had two-and-a-half years to work with him and seen his leadership up close, and I’ve got more than enough experience to make a very confident decision that he is not the best man to lead the party and lead Alberta,” he told reporters.
“I’ve seen a leadership style that focused more on making the party about a single individual than a greater collective. I want a leader who is going to focus on building a party and building a team, and not just promoting themselves and their own personal brand.”
While Fildebrandt endorsed Jean for the Wildrose leadership in 2015, the two have had a frosty relationship since taking office. Last year, Fildebrandt was suspended from the Wildrose caucus for what he said was an inadvertent endorsement of a homophobic social media post, though the suspension was quickly reversed.
The race for the leadership of the UCP, a vehicle to unite Alberta’s right created last month by the overwhelming vote of members of the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties, is widely viewed as a showdown between Jean and former PC leader Jason Kenney, with Calgary lawyer Doug Schweitzer also in the race.
Jean’s campaign declined to respond to Fildebrandt’s remarks.
In a statement, Kenney said he was disappointed that Fildebrandt wasn’t running and called him a “principled young conservative.”
“I look forward to his ongoing participation in the debate about the future of our province.”
Fildebrandt said he believed he would have run a competitive race but acknowledged that Jean and Kenney have a significant advantage in terms of resources.
He did not rule out endorsing one of the other leadership contenders in the future.
Mount Royal University political scientist Duane Bratt said that even if Fildebrandt doesn’t formally endorse Kenney, he will help the former federal cabinet minister as a “pit bull” against Jean.
“I think he will continue to have significance,” Bratt said of Fildebrandt’s role in the leadership battle, which will conclude with an Oct. 28 vote of UCP members.
“He is entertaining, he is flamboyant, so he is going to get coverage. He has a very large social media platform, which has sometimes got him into trouble, but it gives him a very good vehicle.”
Kenney has been endorsed by four UCP MLAs first elected as Wildrosers: Rick Strankman, Mark Smith, Drew Barnes and Grant Hunter.
Jean’s backers include Wildrosers-turned-UCP MLAs Dave Hanson, Angela Pitt, Don MacIntyre, Leela Aheer, Ron Orr, Glenn van Dijken, Todd Loewen and Tany Yao.

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Julie Ali · 

I don't think Mr. Fildebrandt had any chance of becoming the leader of the UCP. This flirting with the job was all about positioning himself for a good political position if Mr. Kenney wins.

Mr. Jean is a nice man and will be a good leader for the UCP. If he wins Mr. Kenney will be in the background I guess fermenting discord and discontent. Along with the cadre of loyalists who support him like Mr. Fildebrandt.

It's interesting seeing how Mr. Fildebrandt is trying to undermine Mr. Jean's popularity with the people of Alberta. Keep it up Mr. Fildebrandt. I doubt this lack of loyalty to Mr. Jean will do anything but increase his chances of becoming the leader. Voters are odd creatures. We like the underdog. Especially if they are being bitten by their own pack.
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