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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 13:57

Strathmore-Brooks MLA resigns from UCP caucus

Written by  Southern Alberta Newspapers
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(CP) — A member of Alberta’s new United Conservative Party (UCP) has quit caucus after repeatedly making headlines in recent weeks over his conduct.

Last week Strathmore-Brooks MLA Derek Fildebrandt took a leave of absence from his job as UCP finance critic after news surfaced he was renting his taxpayer-funded apartment out through Airbnb.
On August 14, he took responsibility for double-billing the government for some meals.
On August 15, the CBC reported Fildebrandt was charged by Edmonton police last year with leaving the scene of an accident and failing to notify the owner of the damaged vehicle.
Fildebrandt says he has made some honest mistakes and the media controversy is distracting from the work of the UCP, including its leadership race.
UCP interim leader Nathan Cooper says he accepts Fildebrandt’s resignation and suggested if he turns things around he may be allowed back into the caucus some time in the future.

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