Roughly five years ago when Deborah Drever posed for a controversial album cover simulating a sexual assault, she says she was a very different person who was misled over the premise of the image.
"I actually asked the band to do a reshoot because when we were doing the picture, I was told they were trying to save me from an attack," the Independent MLA for Calgary-Bow told CBC's Rob Brown in an interview Wednesday.
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"Obviously the picture did not represent that in any way and I was extremely uncomfortable with the picture but the band came back with a 'No' and they decided to go forward with the album instead."
That album cover, along with a series of social media posts that were pro-marijuana and anti-gay, led newly elected Alberta Premier Rachel Notley to eject Drever from caucus just 17 days after the election, leaving the 27-year-old to sit as an independent.
Despite ongoing attacks on social media, Drever says she doesn't regret running for office.
"Absolutely not," she said.
"The reason I wanted to run for office is because I am a huge advocate for women's issues, fighting for social justice and I really just wanted to bring that forth being an MLA for Calgary-Bow."
Drever says if the NDP make her an offer to rejoin the party, she knows what her answer will be.
"I ran as a New Democrat, I was elected as New Democrat and I still hold the same values of the NDP so when they ask me to come in I will be more than happy to rejoin the caucus."