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Strathmore-Brooks MLA Derek Fildebrandt listens to other bearded men in happier times for him (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).

What a bitter pill the elevation of Devin Dreeshen to the role of Boy Wonder of the United Conservative Party must be to Derek Fildebrandt!

The Independent MLA for Strathmore-Brooks, after all, used to be the Boy Wonder of the UCP himself.

Unless Mr. Fildebrandt can pull off a truly spectacular turnaround, he will soon be a an all-but forgotten footnote to Alberta politics, remembered only for a remarkable series of cock-ups that ended with UCP Leader Jason Kenney publicly humiliating him and banishing him forever from the Opposition caucus for the political sin of not telling his leader about a potential embarrassment that was about to become public.

That happened in early February immediately after Mr. Fildebrandt, 32, pleaded guilty to charges related to hunting on private property near the town of Sundre in November 2017.

Already having stepped aside from caucus voluntarily for such other embarrassments as getting caught renting his government-subsidized condo on Airbnb and being found guilty of leaving the scene of a minor accident, Mr. Fildebrandt might have been forgiven and readmitted as he obviously hoped.

After all, not long before he had been considered a potential candidate to lead the UCP and certainly credible cabinet material for some…

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