Controversial Calgary MLA suspended from NDP Caucus

WATCH: After controversial photos and posts led calls for newly elected MLA to step down it’s the latest post that got her removed from the NDP caucus. Gary Bobrovitz reports.

CALGARY –Controversial Calgary MLA Deborah Drever has been suspended from the NDP caucus.

Premier-elect Rachel Notley made the announcement on Friday afternoon after reviewing an offensive photograph Drever posted to one of her social media accounts.

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The photo shows PC interim leader Ric McIver and Jim Prentice with homophobic remarks written underneath.

“I apologize to all Albertans for the homophobic statements contained in this image,” said Notley on Friday.

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“I hope that Ms. Drever will take to heart our conversation earlier this week about her responsibility to speak out clearly on issues of violence against women and homophobia.”

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Notley says she will review the decision in the coming year and decide whether Drever has a future in the NDP caucus.

For now, she sits as an independent in the legislature.


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Calgary-Bow MLA Deborah Drever was suspended from the NDP caucus after posting a photo containing homophobic remarks. Instagram