Wildrose leader Brian Jean has refused to be part of any discussion on uniting the right and that may be because he’s been too busy trying to unite his own party.
Serious cracks have started to appear in the party that has labelled itself as ‘ready to govern’ with the widest crack happening in just the last few days. Brian Jean finds himself on one side with the party’s rising star, Derek Fildebrandt on the other. In the early days of the search for a new leader last year Fildebrandt had expressed an interest but quickly stepped aside for the former MP. He may not be the leader but over the past year he has been the party’s frontman on several issues. The Fort McMurray tragedy sadly brought the real leader back to the spotlight because of his own personal loss.
Fildebrandt’s suspension from the Wildrose caucus on Friday has highlighted a real division between the two MLAs. Jean is chalking it up to a series of social media gaffes and says Mr. Fildebrandt will return shortly. However there are big questions as to whether the Strathmore-Brooks MLA will keep his finance critic role. One thing is for certain though, Mr. Jean’s biggest challenge in the coming months won’t be convincing Albertans that his party is ready to govern it will be convincing his party that he’s the true leader.