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Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt under fire after dismissing “social issues” as boring

"I find these debates stale."

March 2, 2016

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Wildrose Finance Critic Derek Fildebrandt doesn’t seem to have a lot of time for “social issues.”

As Alberta schools prepare to implement new LGBTQ guidelines in accordance with Bill 10, passed last year by the previous PC government with support from all parties, Fildebrandt tweeted Tuesday morning that he finds “social issues” a touch too “stale” for his tastes.

Responding to a question about where Wildrose stands on the issue, Fildebrandt tweeted that they’re “important issues,” but “in all honesty, social issues just didn’t rank in the top 100 reasons I ran.”

“I find these debates stale.”

Alberta’s former Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk found Fildebrandt’s dismissive attitude surprising:

As did Alberta NDP MLAs Karen McPherson and Michael Connolly:

Reaction to Fildebrandt’s comments even managed to transcend party lines.

Here’s what Progressive Conservative MLAs Richard Starke and Sandra Jansen had to add:

And much of Alberta Twitter appeared to agree:

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Alberta Legislature. D. Climenhaga.

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So, Conservative leader Rona Ambrose’s Twitter Q&A was a train wreck…

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose hosted a question and answer session at Twitter headquarters Tuesday afternoon.

March 1, 2016

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Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose hosted a question and answer session at Twitter headquarters Tuesday afternoon.

How did that go?

Well, you can’t say there wasn’t a reaction: