Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen (Alberta government photo)

Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen (Alberta government photo)

Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA who worked on Trump’s campaign denounces U.S. Capitol violence

Devin Dreeshen says ‘voters are the ultimate deciders’

Alberta’s Agriculture Minister, central Alberta MLA Devin Dreeshen, is condemning the violence that broke out in the U.S. on Wednesday.

Dreeshen, who is MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, had worked on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

His association with Trump was later thought to be advantageous by UCP leader (and now Alberta Premier) Jason Kenney, who named Dreeshen trade critic while their party was still the official opposition.

But Trump is now being blamed for inciting the violence that rocked the Washington D.C. on Wednesday, when an angry mob of his supporters stormed capitol Hill, trying to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential win.

The mob clashed with police and a woman was fatally shot. Three other aggressive protesters died of medical emergencies.

Hundreds of Trump supporters left a trail of smashed windows and other vandalism in the historic building as they posed with statues and flags for selfies and left threatening messages on the desks of Democrats.

This mob action, which left many politicians huddling for cover, led to a lock-down of the Capitol and for Trump to have his social media accounts temporarily deactivated. His messages were seen as encouraging his swarm of supporters.

This violent occurrence is considered one of the worst security breaches in U.S. history and has been called domestic terrorism.

Dreeshen stated late on Wednesday that he denounces all forms of political violence, including what took place in Washington, D.C.

He stated: “Voters are the ultimate deciders, and that must be respected by all,” and then added that he is now “focused on the lives and livelihoods of Albertans.”

Donald TrumpInnisfailsylvanlake

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Thursday that the province may consider a regional approach to loosening COVID-19 restrictions if numbers continue to decline. (photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Province further easing health restrictions

Numbers of people hospitalized and in intensive care has dropped dramatically, says premier

Eric Rajah, co-founder of A Better World. (Photo Submitted)
Two Lacombe residents recieve award from Governor General for chairty work

Eric Rajah and Brian Leavitt co-founded A Better World, a charity which started in Lacombe in 1990

Kjeryn Dakin, owner of Bukz, Bukwildz and Doe(s) Pizza on Lakeshore Drive, has been nominated for the Women Entrepreneur of Distinction award by the Alberta Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News)
Sylvan Lake business woman nominated for provincial and national award

Kjeryn Dakin is nominated for two female entrepreneur awards on a provincial and national scale

File photo
Alberta’s central zone has 670 active cases

301 new cases identified Sunday

Alberta has 1,910 active cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Red Deer is reporting five active cases, with 108 recovered. (File photo)
Red Deer reports 25th COVID-19 death

415 new cases identified provincially Saturday

Bookings for COVID-19 vaccines for people age 75 or older start Wednesday. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Updated: Delays for seniors booking for vaccine appointments

By 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, 4,500 seniors had booked their appointments

A ” Justice for Jeff” T-shirt. (Photo submitted)
Rally to be held outside Red Deer courthouse for slain Ponoka man

Sentencing for accused charged with manslaughter with a firearm set for March 4

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Time to check the mail: Every household to receive a Canada Post postcard this spring

Postcard can be mailed for free to any address in Canada

A cross-country skier glides along the banks of the Ottawa River in Ottawa on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Canadians across the country can look forward to a mild spring peppered with the odd winter flashback throughout the first part of the season, according to predictions from one prominent national forecaster. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Mild spring with some wintry blasts predicted for most of Canada: Weather Network

Weather Network is forecasting a slower than average start to spring in British Columbia

AstraZeneca’s vaccines are ready for use at the vaccination center in Apolda, Germany, Sunday, Feb.28, 2021. (Michael Reichel/dpa via AP)
Feds hoping for AstraZeneca shots this week as Pfizer-BioNTech prepare next delivery

The first of those doses could start to arrive in Canada as early as Wednesday

People line up outside a vaccine clinic as seniors wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Edmonton Alta, on Friday February 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Health Services head sorry for glitches in vaccine booking system for seniors

AHS president said technical issues have been fixed and a virtual waiting room is in place

Vandalism is shown on Alberta NDP MLA Janis Irwin’s constituency office in Edmonton in this handout photo on Saturday, February 27, 2021. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney quickly condemned vandalism at an Opposition legislature member Janis Irwin’s Edmonton office after the MLA posted pictures showing her front window spray-painted with the words “Antifa Liar.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Janis Irwin *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Alberta Premier slams vandalism after slur painted on MLA’s office window

Edmonton MLA Janis Irwin posted pictures showing the front window spray-painted with the words ‘Antifa Liar’

A helicopter flies past a mountain near McBride, B.C., on Saturday January 30, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Avalanche warning for backcountry users in North and South Rockies

Avalanche Canada is urging backcountry users to always check their regional avalanche forecasts

Most Read