Following the Alberta NDP’s election victory one of their new MLAs Deborah Drever, 26, got into hot water for her social media activity namely giving the finger to the Canadian flag. She also drew heat for posing with a pro-marijuana t-shirt and drinking with her friends. I did not object to the latter activities, but the Canadian flag incident, well, raised a red flag:
Now it’s entirely possible that Drever is a quick study and will become an excellent MLA. But in order for that happen she will need to exercise good judgment. None of us are perfect of course. But to dismiss the criticism as bullying leads me to believe that she probably won’t learn from this experience. In which case, the people of Alberta are going to have a long four years with Rachel Notley and the NDP.
A week later it was revealed that she appeared on an album cover with a bottle aimed at a certain area of her anatomy.
The straw that broke the camel’s back, however, came when she referred to former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and interim Tory leader Ric McIver as “gay boyz.” The Alberta NDP has ejected Drever from the caucus and she will sit as an independent.
It is interesting to me that this was the final straw. The finger in front of the flag and the homophobic remarks were both wrong. And it must be noted that Drever directed her homophobic slurs at people and two conservative politicians at that. Still, it is interesting to see that the Canadian flag doesn’t stir much in the NDP. Not that I should be surprised. But it does tell you something. I suspect if the homophobic remarks had surfaced instead of the finger in front of the Canadian flag Notley would have expelled Drever a lot sooner.
Other NDP MLAs might not be uncouth as Drever, but I suspect this won’t be the last time Rachel Notley has to discipline one of her caucus members. It’s going to be a long four years in Alberta.
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