Once-suspended Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt will hire social media help

Opposition finance critic Derek Fildebrandt speaks during question period at the Alberta legislature on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. CREDIT: Legislative Assembly of Alberta

EDMONTON – A Wildrose member suspended from caucus last week has returned to the Alberta legislature.

Derek Fildebrandt’s suspension was lifted on Tuesday, and he says the whole thing was a family dispute and it’s time to move on.

Fildebrandt was suspended last Friday after he endorsed a homophobic social media posting about Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

READ MORE: Alberta MLA Derek Fildebrandt suspended from Wildfire caucus over ‘unacceptable’ social media comment 

Fildebrandt quickly apologized, saying he had not read the original comment correctly.

He says he will hire someone to help him with the volume of material he gets on social media.

He admits he has been too quick at times to respond and jokes that maybe he could use a 30-second delay like bombastic TV hockey commentator Don Cherry.


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