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Derek Fildebrandt is the publisher, president and chief executive officer of the Western Standard New Media Corp. and a former member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. On December 13, 2017, Fildebrandt was charged with trespassing onto private property and hunting a white-tailed deer in violation of the Wildlife Act. Fildebrandt apologized, claiming that he didn’t know he was on private property and that he donated the deer to a food bank.
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Derek Alexander Gerhard Fildebrandt was born on October 18, 1985 (age 38 years) in Kanata, Ontario, Canada. After working in Ottawa as a National Research Director, Fildebrandt moved to Alberta in 2012 when he was promoted to the post of Alberta Director. In February 2014, Fildebrandt released the CTF’s balanced budget plan calling for $2.4 billion in spending cuts to business subsidies and bureaucracy.
In May 2014 he spoke out about buyout payments to political appointees. He was a conservative critic of former PC Premier Jim Prentice, calling him a “tax and spend liberal.” During the Alberta PC leadership race, he filed Freedom of Information requests for Jim Prentice’s federal expense records, releasing them in September 2014 which came after controversy about alleged irregularities in the destruction of the records.
Fildebrandt was credited by the Calgary Sun with playing a significant role in the downfall of former Alberta Premier Alison Redford and former Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner. His term as Alberta Director of the CTF ended in November 2014.
Derek Fildebrandt announced on January 26, 2015, that he would seek the Wildrose Party nomination in Strathmore-Brooks. He was named as the candidate on February 6, 2015. In response to PC’s challenges to Wildrose’s budget plan, Fildebrandt challenged Finance Minister Robin Campbell to a debate, which Campbell refused. On May 5, 2015, he was elected as the MLA for Strathmore-Brooks.
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Fildebrandt was appointed on May 11, 2015, as Shadow Finance Minister in the Wildrose Official Opposition Cabi net by Brian Jean. he has advocated for healthcare and senior care infrastructure in his constituency. Fildebrandt has criticized the NDP for tax increases, deficit spending and its relationship with public sector unions.
He made several public statements throughout 2016, but most notoriously on December 14, 2016, when he broke ranks with Brian Jean and openly called for a merger of the Wildrose and PC Parties. One month later, Jean released a statement in favour of uniting the parties on the same day that Fildebrandt held a fundraiser at the Calgary Petroleum Club calling for a single united party.
Derek Fildebrandt supported Maxime Bernier for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership in 2017. Filderbrandt explained that he left the federal Conservative party after the 2009 auto bailout and Bernier’s leadership run drew him back into the party. On May 18, 2017, Brian Jean and Jason Kenney signed an agreement in principle to create the United Conservative Party (UCP) of Alberta.
Fildebrandt publicly mused about running in the UCP leadership election, but decided against it, announcing he would instead endorse a candidate other than Brian Jean. In 2017, Fildebrandt launched his PAC called United Liberty which is based on libertarian policies such as lower taxes, and less government control.
In August 2017, Derek Fildebrandt left the UCP caucus after a series of incidents to sit as an independent (see #Controversies). During the UCP leadership election, Jason Kenney implied that Mr. Fildebrandt could be welcomed back to the UCP caucus so long as his legal battles were eventually sorted out stating, “I don’t see us dealing with any prospective admission … until all of that’s been dealt with.”
In February 2018 the leader of the UCP Jason Kenney announced that Fildebrandt was not welcome in the UCP Caucus. Kenney commented: “I can only conclude that Mr. Fildebrandt deliberately misled us in refusing to disclose this outstanding charge.” Fildebrandt continued in his electoral riding as an independent. Fildebrandt claimed that he was given an ultimatum by Kenney who wanted to run female MLA Leela Aheer in the new combined riding of Chestermere-Strathmore.
Derek Fildebrandt said he was told by Mr. Kenney that “if I wanted to return… I couldn’t run in my own constituency.” On July 20, 2018, Derek Fildebrandt formed the Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta. “We in the FCP are conservatives, libertarians and Alberta patriots,” said Fildebrandt. In his speech, Fildebrandt stated that the party was a true grassroots party that would not adhere to backroom political games. Fildebrandt won the leadership of the party on October 20, 2018.
His bid to remain in the Alberta Legislative Assembly failed, as he was defeated by Leela Aheer whilst running in Chestermere-Strathmore in the 2019 Alberta general election, garnering less than 10% of the vote. On April 30, 2019, after failing to win any seats in the legislature, Fildebrandt announced his resignation as Freedom Conservative Party Leader. After his loss, Derek Fildebrandt told the media he was returning to private life to “get a real job, make some money. Honestly, I’m happy to be done with politics. I’m happy to have my family back, to have a sense of private life back.”
On May 27, 2016, Wildrose leader Brian Jean suspended Derek Fildebrandt for an indefinite period of time after he wrote “Proud to have constituents like you!” in response to a comment referring to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne as “Mr. Wynne, or whatever the hell she identifies as” which Jean called “unacceptable.” This came on the heels of an incident where Fildebrandt criticized Premier Wynne in the Alberta Legislature as Wynne sat in the gallery as a guest. Fildebrandt said he “entirely misread” the original comment.
Derek Fildebrandt was reinstated into the Wildrose Caucus on May 31, 2016, and as the Opposition Shadow Minister of Finance. Also in 2016, Fildebrandt was accused of hitting his neighbor’s parked vehicle with his truck, causing an estimated $2000 in damage. He appeared in court to plead not guilty and denied it happened, saying “I would’ve left a note on the front windshield. It’s the decent thing to do.” On December 4, 2017, Fildebrandt was found guilty of leaving the scene and failing to notify the owner of a damaged vehicle.
On August 9, 2017, it was reported that Derek Fildebrandt was renting out his Edmonton apartment on Airbnb while claiming a housing allowance from the Legislature of Alberta to pay for the apartment. He initially defended himself, calling the act “reasonable and a part of the modern sharing economy.” Later, Fildebrandt apologized and claimed that he returned the income made from the property.
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On August 14, 2017, Alberta Party leader Greg Clark revealed that Fildebrandt had been charging meals to his MLA expense account while simultaneously claiming his MLA per-diem for meals. The potential total of which was $192.60 over a period of two years and Fildebrandt stated that it was a result of administrative errors. Clark claimed that Fildebrandt was effectively “double-claiming” his meals, a practice Clark claimed was in violation of the Legislative Member Service Committee Order. Fildebrandt responded to the claims by saying “I should have been more careful in reviewing them before signing off. I will fully reimburse any discrepancy and take immediate action to ensure that errors like this do not happen again.”
Derek Fildebrandt is married to his wife Emma Fildebrandt, they had their wedding ceremony in Canada. His wife is a private professional and they have a child together. However, on October 23, 2019, Fildebrandt bought and relaunched the Western Standard online newspaper, a right-wing publication that had ceased operations in 2007. In May of 2022, Fildebrandt announced that Western Standard New Media Corp. had acquired the Alberta Report and was relaunching it. As of 2022, Derek Fildebrandt and his wife Emma Fildebrandt are still married.
Derek Fildebrandt net worth
How much is Derek Fildebrandt worth? Derek Fildebrandt net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a politician and businessman. Derek Fildebrandt’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $500,000 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential politicians in Canada. Derek Fildebrandt stands at an appealing height of 1.83m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.