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Fildebrandt suspended from Wildrose Caucus

Derek Fildebrandt

Derek Fildebrandt

Strathmore-Brooks Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt is once again embroiled in controversy.

This time the vocal MLA has been suspended by the party for his reply to a post on his Facebook page Friday evening.

The post referred to openly gay Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne as 'Mr. Wynne or whatever the hell she identifies as' as the person praises Fildebrandt for his treatment of Wynne during her visit to the Alberta Legislature Thursday, a move that Wildrose has since said it regrets.

Fildebrandt responds to the post, saying he is 'proud to have constituents like you!' which has sparked outrage from many.

He has since apologized on Twitter, saying that he was responding to a number of commenters and had misread what was written.

Wildrose Leader Brian Jean announced the suspension late Friday.

"This evening, Mr. Fildebrandt made an unacceptable comment on social media that does not represent the values of the Wildrose Caucus. He has been suspended immediately."

Speaking at the Liberal Convention in Winnipeg on Saturday, Wynne referred to the "homophobic" comments as a sign that LGBTQ rights still have a long way to go in Canada.

"We have to understand that, yes we’ve come a long way, we’ve come a hugely long way in Canada, but we’re not there, we’re not there in terms of every child in every schoolyard feeling safe, feeling included."

Wynne has otherwise remained quiet on her social media regarding the incident.